Bilby, that's a bit disturbing in the context of this other quotation from that article: "An especially poignant moment came during the sermon when the Rev. James Shea described Jesus Christ's ability to help people, 'kind of like a pickup man.'"
"In the rodeo arena, the pickup man is often an overlooked part of the action.
Charged with the task of grabbing a cowboy from the back of a bucking horse, pickup men save cowboys from the danger a twisting, kicking equine can present. But after a spectacular bronc ride, few fans clap for the pickup men. The glory goes to the rider."