The year 2021 was not great for professional athletes. It seemed like every other day, the sports world saw an athlete succumb to illness, whether it was a past or present player. Unfortunately, 2022 is shaping up be just as bad of a year.
Earlier today, it was announced that former Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle and NFL Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright had passed away at the age of 76.
NFL Hall of Fame President Jim Porter had the following to say on the passing of Wright:
“Over the past few weeks, the love of many Hall of Famers and others in the NFL for Rayfield, his wife Dee and the Wright family has been amplified,” Hall of Fame President Jim Porter said in a statement. “His gentle nature off the court belies his majesty on the court. All fans, especially Cowboys fans, will miss his dominance on the offensive line in the 1970s and how he protected the Dallas quarterback as a own personal mission. With the same perseverance we will uphold his legacy in Guangzhou. The Hall of Fame flag will be flown at half-staff next Friday at Rayfield’s service in honor of the many lives he touched.”