Dallas Cowboys legend Rayfield Wright, who was one of the greatest offensive linemen in National Football League history, died on Thursday. He was 76 years old. This is a sad time and our thoughts are with his friends, family, and fans at this time.
His death was announced by his family. In a statement, Wright’s wife said he passed away after he had been hospitalized following a seizure just a few days ago.
Wright joined the Cowboys in the 1967 NFL Draft, in the 7th round. He played 13 seasons before retiring after the 1979 season. Eventually, he was appointed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
“Rayfield Wright was the epitome of what it takes to be a Hall of Famer,” Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner, said in a statement on Thursday. “His grit, his agility, his passion, his charisma and his love for football, the community and his family always shined through.”
“He remained an important part of the Cowboys family long after his playing days ended, and he will be deeply missed. Our love and support go out to his wife, Di, and the entire Wright family,” Jerry added.
Wright won two Super Bowls with the Cowboys, earned three All-Pro honors in his career, and also made six Pro Bowls. In 2014, he was named a member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.
Hall of Fame President Jim Porter said in a statement, “His gentle nature away from the game belied his commanding presence on the field. All fans, especially those of the Cowboys, will remember fondly his dominance on the offensive line in the 1970s and how he took protecting Dallas quarterbacks as his personal mission.”
May the legend’s soul rest in peace. We extend our deepest condolences to his friends and family.