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Dallas Cowboys Player Tragically Passed Away

Written by austenlange

Absolutely awful news that doesn’t sit well with anyone involved.

As many know the Dallas Cowboys are called, “America’s Team” and this player was a fundamental piece in gaining that name from the fans.

Join me in remembering the life of, Rayfield Wright.

NFL Hall of Fame Offensive Rayfield Wright passed away on April 7th, 2022. He was 76 years old.

Wright went Fort Valley State College to play college football, where he was a standout player. Nicknamed “Big Cat,” Wright was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 1967 NFL/AFL draft, 182nd overall, as a tight end. During his first three years with Dallas, he played as a tight end, defensive lineman, and offensive tackle. In his third season in 1969, Wright got his first chance as a starter, after right tackle Ralph Neely was sidelined by injury, a position he would not relinquish easily. 

For thirteen seasons, Wright played more than 200 games, started at right tackle in six NFC Championship games, and played in five Super Bowls, winning two of them: (VI, XII). He earned his first of four All-Pro honors in 1971 and was voted that same year to the first of six straight Pro Bowls. Wright was named first- or second-team All-Pro each season from 1971 through 1976, earned three All-NFC honors, and the Cowboys led the league for total offense five times (ranked 6th all-time at retirement in 1979).

His blocking and leadership as the team’s co-captain for seven years helped the Cowboys win 10 division titles and six conference crowns. He anchored the line for an offense that finished in the top ten in scoring all ten seasons of the 1970s, while helping pave the way for the first five 1,000-yard rushers in Cowboys’ history.

So rest in peace sir, you will be missed greatly.

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austenlange

One big fat hairy American winning machine. Specializes in Baseball/Football.
Giant fan of The Houston Astros, and Dallas Cowboys.