Mesquite, Texas native Don Gay won a record eight bull riding titles from 1974 to 1984. He broke the old record of seven held by his idol Jim Shoulders on December 12, 1976. A twelve- time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo, Gay set a NFR record with a score of 95 on a bull named Red One. In 1974 Gay broke Shoulders' 20 year-old record for money earned during a season with $28,700. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.