White is getting ready for one more ride

By Tom Annino - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Mike White has decided it's time to retire.

The man who has made over $1.4 million dollars on the Professional Bull Riders tour is getting ready for his last ride.

The Moss Bluff native is going to wrap his career up with two more rides in southwest Louisiana.  He'll hold the Mike White Invitational at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles on June 25th and 26th.

As for his retirement, the 33-year-old says it was just time to go.

"I've been ready to retire for actually the past year and I just never would make a commitment to do it," White said.  "This is all I've ever known.  This is all I've ever done my whole life.  It's kind of hard to quit but I've been the last year just showing up and going because I had to go, not because I wanted to go.  It just wasn't working out anymore and I needed to quit before I got hurt."

White says he actually thought he would retire as early as six years ago, but it never happened.

"This is a lot longer than I expected," White said.  "I wanted to retire at age 27.  I kept buying land and more land and more land, so I had to keep going to pay for this land.  I've went a lot longer than I wanted to."

When it's all said and done, White says there's just one thing he would change.

"I look back and I've had a great career," White said.  "I wouldn't change anything other than getting into PBR before I did.  I went three years throughout my career without riding in the PBR and I wish I had started earlier.  There's just so much money to win in the PBR versus riding in the PRCA rodeos."

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