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Founding Father of the End Zone Dance
Founding Father of the End Zone Dance
Happy 72nd birthday to Elmo Wright
Born July 3, 1949 in Brazoria, Texas
Patriot WR, 1975; uniform #17
Signed as a veteran free agent on October 17, 1975
The 16th overall pick of the 1971 draft appeared in four games for the Pats in '75, capturing the final four receptions of his career while gaining 46 yards. Although he had just 1,116 yards in his NFL career, he left an indelible mark for all future wide receivers in the game of football.
While at the University of Houston, Elmo Wright set an NCAA record with 34 touchdown receptions, averaging 22 yards per catch for the Cougars. He became the first player to high step his way to the end zone, and is considered to be the godfather of the end zone dance.
College Football Hall of Fame | Elmo Wright
During an era when Houston ranked among the nation's leaders in rushing, Elmo Wright managed to leave his mark as a receiver and remains in the top five of nearly every receiving category in school history. He becomes the third Cougar player elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
A consensus First Team All-American in 1970, Wright was named the Touchdown Club of Columbus Player of the Year after leading Houston to a No. 19 final ranking. He earned Second Team All-America honors in 1969 after leading the NCAA with 14 touchdowns and guiding the Cougars to a No. 12 final ranking and a win over Auburn in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl. In 1968, Wright helped Houston finish at No. 18 while earning Honorable Mention All-America honors and setting a still-standing NCAA single-season record with eight touchdown receptions of 50 yards or more. His 111.6 career receiving yards per game were the second most in FBS history at the end of his career and still rank 12th all-time.
Fifty years later, Wright still owns five Houston records – all-purpose career average yards per play (21.0), yards per reception in a season (27.9 in 1968), yards per reception in a career (21.9), 200-yard receiving games in a season (2 each in 1968 and 1969) and 200-yard receiving games in a career (4). He posted career marks of 34 touchdown receptions and 3,347 receiving yards, which rank second and fourth in Cougar history, respectively. Wright also sits second in Houston annals for 100-yard receiving games (15) and 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2) while placing third in both single-game receiving yards (262 vs. Wyoming in 1969) and single-game touchdown receptions (4 – two occasions). He led College Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Yeoman's Cougars to upsets over No. 17 Ole Miss in back-to-back seasons, and he scored twice in the team's historic 100-6 win over Tulsa in 1968.
Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Inductees: Elmo Wright
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