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Steve Wright (offensive lineman)

Steve Wright
Date of birth: (1959-04-08) April 8, 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Career information
Position(s): Offensive tackle
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
College: Northern Iowa
Organizations
As player:
1981-1982
1983-1984,1986
1985
1987-1993
NFL.com

Stephen Hough Wright (born April 8, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former American football offensive tackle and offensive guard. A 1977 graduate of Wayzata (Minnesota) High School, he played college football at Northern Iowa and then played ten professional seasons for four teams from 19811992. He also appeared on Survivor: Redemption Island where he placed 10th and became the 3rd jury member.

Football career

A tight end in college, Wright was not selected in the NFL Draft, but signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1981. While with the Cowboys, the 265-pound Wright was blocking for Tony Dorsett on Dorsett's 99-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings during the 1982 NFL season.[1] Also while with the Cowboys, Wright additionally blocked for another future Survivor contestant, Gary Hogeboom (Survivor: Guatemala), who was the team's second-string quarterback.

Before the 1983 NFL season, the Cowboys traded Wright to the Baltimore Colts for a sixth round draft choice, where he spent two seasons with the team both in Baltimore and Indianapolis.

In 1985, Wright moved to the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League. That season, the Invaders reached the USFL Championship Game, losing to the Baltimore Stars. Wright, who wore #70 with the Invaders, scored a touchdown in a May 1985 USFL game against the Denver Gold when Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert completed a two-yard pass to Wright, who was tackle eligible on the play.

In July 1986, Wright returned to the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, signing with the club as a free agent.

Wright signed with the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders in 1987, starting nearly 50 games over seven seasons with the team. While with the Raiders, Wright wore #66.

He retired from pro football in June 1994 at the age of 35 after spending the entire 1993 NFL season on injured reserve. Wright was inducted into the Northern Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame in September 1997.

Post-football

Soon after retiring from football, Wright founded Cloudburst, a company that provides sideline misting systems. He sold the business in 2000. Today, Wright lives in Huntington Beach, California.

In 2011, Wright appeared as a contestant on the the twenty second season of the American competitive reality television series Survivor. On Day 30, he was the 13th person voted out of the game and was sent to Redemption Island.[2] He was eliminated on Day 31.

See also

References

External links

  • NFL.com player page
  • bio at CBS.com
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