Pascoe’s real first name is McKenna. He got the “Bear” nickname when his father, Sean, noted he “looked like a big ol’ bear cub” shortly after birth. Not a small cub, either — he weighed 10 pounds right out of the womb. The “Bear” name stuck, and few people know his true name.
Pascoe grew up in the Porterville area of California’s San Joaquin Valley, played football at Fresno State University, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners released him, but the 6-foot-5, 283-pounder was picked up by the Giants. Pascoe caught a touchdown pass in the 2011-2012 NFC Championship against his old team. The Giants went on to win the Super Bowl that season.
Sean said his son’s ranch background and his experiences as a competitive roper helped him land a career in the NFL.
“He grew up working the right way, from daylight to dark. That’s why he’s been a success in football; he knows what a day’s work is, and he’s not afraid of a day’s work. If you’re born into the Pascoe family, you’re doomed to rope and play football.”
ESPN elaborated on Pascoe’s rodeo background:
Once upon a time, young Bear was one of the best up-and-coming team ropers in the sport. He won jackpots — weekend events in rodeo — and even a V8 truck that he still keeps at the family ranch. [...]
Because of the demands that football places on Pascoe’s body, he is woefully out of practice when it comes to team roping. During the offseason, he is careful about what he does on the ranch, mostly riding horses, relaxing and handling less strenuous chores. Just when he starts to get comfortable in the saddle again, it’s time to head off to training camp.
But Bear and his dad see plenty of overlap between the two sports, emphasizing the strength and agility required for roping and football. “People don’t realize how many muscles you use when you ride a horse,” Sean said. Bear notes the exceptional hand-eye coordination necessary to lasso on the move. “And team roping is the main sport that helped me develop my competitive edge,” Bear said. [...]
“He’ll be competitive at rodeo when he’s done with football,” said Sean, who joined the pro circuit after college. “There are a lot of guys doing it in their 40s.”
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