How many types of cowboys are there? More than you think, I’ll bet.
There are the Hollywood cowboys, such as Urban Cowboy, Midnight Cowboy, and Rhinestone cowboy. A few more movies with Cowboy in the title include The Cowboys with John Wayne, who is perhaps the ultimate American cowboy, Cowboy Up, The Last Cowboy, and My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.
In advertising we have the Budweiser Cowboy and the Marlboro Cowboy. On Wall Street we have corporate cowboys, and in Times Square, the Naked Cowboy who’s a street performer.
Sports have the pro football team, the Dallas Cowboys, and the college football team, the Wyoming Cowboys. Rodeo cowboys are athletes, too. Tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronco riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing take skill and training.
Then we have singing cowboys like Roy Rodgers and Gene Autry, and too many modern country western singers to mention. Songs that readily come to mind are: “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” – Toby Keith, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys” – Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “Cowboy Up” – Joni Harms, and “Save a Horse,(Ride a Cowboy)” – Big & Rich.
Let’s not forget the legendary cowboys who tamed or shot up the West. Lawmen such as Wyatt Earp and Pat Garrett went up against outlaws such as the Clantons at OK Corral and Billy the Kid. Sheriff’s posses chased down Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Today, many state troopers other than Texans wear cowboy hats. Law enforcement also has camo cowboys, who chase down cocaine cowboys that peddle many forms of illegal drugs and carrying Uzis.