Rayfield Wright, the Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle nicknamed “Big Cat” who led the Dallas Cowboys to five Super Bowls in 13 seasons, died Thursday. He was 76 years old. On Thursday, Wright’s family acknowledged his death to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, saying he had been hospitalised for several days after suffering a severe seizure. The Cowboys announced the death as well. Wright, a huge player for his period at 6-foot-6 and over 250 pounds, had already been a backup tight end for a few seasons when coach Tom Landry approached him about playing tackle. A startled Wright admitted that he had never played tackle in his life, but Landry assured him that he would make an excellent one.
Who was Rayfield Wright? (Wiki, Age, Bio)
Wright made his tackle debut in a 1969 game against Deacon Jones, the best pass rusher of the time. In 1970, when Dallas won its first Super Bowl, Wright held his own and established himself as the full-time starter at right tackle. The Cowboys won their first Super Bowl in 1971, the first of six straight seasons. Wright made the Pro Bowl. He was a three-time All-Pro selection.
“He was undoubtedly the finest,” Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach remarked before Wright was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. “Rayfield was a big, strong player who could transition from tight end to tackle.” He also dealt with some of the faster defensive ends and even linebacker blitzes because of his quick feet. I’m not sure if he was beaten.” During the 1970s, the Cowboys’ primary running back had five 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Hill, who played with the Cowboys from 1969 to 1974, had two 1,000-yard seasons.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright passed away Thursday at the age of 76.
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s president, Jim Porter, issued a statement expressing Wright’s impact on the lives of others. “Over the past few weeks, it has been abundantly evident the love that so many Hall of Famers and others throughout the NFL felt toward Rayfield [Wright], his wife, Di, and the entire Wright family,” according to the statement. “His kind demeanour off the field belied his powerful presence on the field.” All fans, especially Cowboys supporters, will remember him fondly for his domination on the offensive line in the 1970s and how he made it his duty to protect Dallas quarterbacks. We shall preserve his legacy in Canton with the same zeal.”
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