NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFD-TV) Very few rodeo headers have more fans than Arizona’s Jake Barnes, who won a remarkable seven world titles with Clay O’Brien Cooper in a career that’s spanned 30 glorious years. He ropes as sharp as he ever did in those glory years, and is preparing now for The Gold Buckle Match in San Antonio on Feb. 10, where, if he wins, he can rope at RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN, presented by Polaris RANGER, for a possible $1 million first-place prize. But it almost didn’t happen. In fact, Jake suffered a traumatic brain injury and broken angle Nov. 27 when his horse fell while he was practicing at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., with heeler Junior Noguiera. The wreck forced him to sit out of his 27th NFR, and he’s been in recovery ever since.