Wright Elected to Hall of Fame

Former tackle one of two Cowboys elected to the NFL Hall of Fame Saturday.

Rayfield Wright Bio
Tackle. . .6-6, 255. . .Fort Valley State. . .1967-1979 Dallas Cowboys. . .13 seasons, 166 games. . .Selected by Cowboys in seventh round (182nd played overall) of 1967 NFL Draft. . .Raw talent, used as a tight end, defensive end, and offensive tackle during first three seasons. . .In 1969 replaced injured right tackle Ralph Neely in lineup. . .First opponent was future Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones. . .Performance against Jones good enough that before 1970 training camp, named permanent starting right tackle. . .One season later was named All-NFL. . .Known as "Big Cat," earned first- or second-team All-NFL honors six consecutive times (1971-1976). . .Selected to play in Pro Bowl following each of those seasons. . .1975 season particularly impressive. . .Coming off knee surgery, many questioned whether he would even play. . .Again earned All-NFL honors. . .In 1975 postseason play faced three legendary defensive ends - Jack Youngblood, L.C. Greenwood, and Carl Eller - head on. . .Each time rose to occasion with exceptional play. . .During career, Wright and Cowboys won 10 division titles, six conference crowns, two Super Bowls. Started at right tackle in six NFC championship games and played in five Super Bowls. . .Named to NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1970s. . .Born August 23, 1945 in Griffin, Georgia.

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