Rayfield Wright: Ring of Honor

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    :star: 70 - Rayfield Wright :star:
    1967 - 1979
    OT, Fort Valley State


    6 time Pro Bowl...1971 - 76
    4 time All Pro...1971 - 73, 75

    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 10/10/04
    Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame 8/6/06

    Link to Rayfield Wright's Ring of Honor page.

    Only nine players have played football for the Dallas Cowboys longer than Rayfield Wright, and only five players in the history of the Cowboys organization have been to more Pro Bowls than the six Wright was selected to. After playing tight end, tackle and defensive end during his first three NFL seasons, Wright settled in at right tackle in 1970. Before undergoing knee surgery that forced him to miss most of the 1977 season, Wright was acknowledged as the NFL's premier offensive tackle. Wright was selected to six straight Pro Bowls (1971-76) as a tackle while earning All-Pro honors four times and earning recognition on the NFL's all-decade team for the 1970's.

    During each of his 13 seasons, the Cowboys offense ranked in the top six in the NFL for total offense, including leading the league five times. Behind his blocking, Calvin Hill became the first 1,000 yard rusher in team history when he ran for 1,036 yards in 1972. All totaled, Dallas had a running back clear the 1,000 yard barier five times during his tenure. Also behind his blocking, Roger Staubach became the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season when he totaled 3,190 passing yards in 1978, the year Wright returned from his knee surgery.

    During his 13 seasons, Wright was a participant in five Super Bowls, claiming the ultimate prize twice. Only one other player in NFL history has appeared in more Super Bowls than Wright, and he is one of only 13 players in NFL history to have played in five Super Bowls.

    Born August 23, 1945 in Griffin, Georgia.

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  2. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Staff Member

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  3. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Unfortunately my only real memory of him was his HOF induction speech last year.
  4. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Thanks for adding that to this thread. Perhaps the best introductory speech and acceptance speech I've ever heard.

    I used to work with a guy who was a Lions fan. He once surprised me by telling me that in his opinion Rayfield Wright was the best RT he had ever seen.

    The man is just a class act and he was a fantastic football player. I am so glad he is getting the honors he so richly deserves.
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