Jared Allen’s no stranger to adventure.
But there are times even he knows when to say when.
The Vikings defensive end owns three bulls in the Professional Bull Riders series, but has thus far resisted the temptation to ride them.
“They just tempt me every time I’m at a ride,” Allen told the Associated Press. “I’m like, ‘I got this.’ And I know I don’t.”
Riding bulls is not within the bounds of his contract, so he’s probably best off using them to help promote his Homes for Wounded Warriors foundation, which helps build and remodel homes for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
The PBR is going to help promote the sale of merchandise bearing the names of his bulls — Hot Iron, HY Test and Thumbs Up — at its events.
Allen grew up on a ranch in California, and he said his father and grandfather would put him on the back of a cow when he was young.
“My dad and grandpa thought it was really funny to put us on,” he said. “The cows always won.”
Actually, if Allen can use the publicity he generates for the cause for a worthy cause, the winners will be soldiers who need some help.