Rayfield Wright Football Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboy Great, Author and Businessman
Rayfield Wright Football Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboy Great, Author and Businessman
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Rayfield Wright Football Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboy Great, Author and Businessman Meet Larry Rayfield Wright – the underprivileged underdog who turned into a “Big Cat”. On August 23, 1945, he entered this world penniless and poor in material things yet abundantly wealthy in hope and principle. Raised fatherless, Rayfield’s first coach was Big Mama, his faithful grandmother who devoted hours each day teaching him respect and the power of prayer. Other players on his all-star team were his dedicated mother and siblings, a cousin named Bubba, and a persistent, committed leader named Mr. Lomax. Little did they know that each day in young Rayfield’s life would lead to athletic fame.

Although the odds of achieving success were stacked taller than his 6’7” frame, Rayfield tackled some amazingly tough hardships and, in 1967, eventually captured a position with the Dallas Cowboys. During his 13-year career, he covered Roger Staubach’s back and cleared the way for the running and receiving talents of Calvin Hill, Duane Thomas, Tony Dorsett, Robert Newhouse, Drew Pearson and other Cowboy legends. To date, Rayfield Wright is one of only 13 players in NFL history to have played in five Super Bowls.

In August of 2006, Rayfield was the 235th legend to be forever enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, along with Troy Aikman, Harry Carson, John Madden, Warren Moon and Reggie White. (To view his highly acclaimed acceptance speech, visit here: and click on his picture.) Rayfield has also been inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and was the 12th player selected to the highly regarded Dallas Cowboys “Ring of Honor” at Texas Stadium. He is also an inductee in the State of Georgia Hall of Fame, Fort Valley Georgia Hall of Fame, Griffin Georgia Hall of Fame, and the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame.

Since retiring from professional football in 1980, he experiences personal rewards working with children and at-promise students. Rayfield is one of the original founders of Kids 4 Tomorrow™, a non-profit organization of professional athletes who work with children from K through 12th grade. Other community contributions include: The Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers & Sisters, Say No to Drugs, the Boy Scouts of America (he achieved Eagle Scout status as a young man), Special Olympics, A Place for Grace, Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Nelson Center.

As a dynamic, inspirational speaker, Rayfield delivers powerful and mentoring messages to today’s high school students and college athletes. He is also a motivational speaker to national and local businesses, churches, charities and non-profit organizations.

Rayfield is currently the President of Team Wright Exploration, a minority-owned, all-inclusive oil production corporation. He is also the CEO of Wright’s Sports and Nutrition, Founder of The Rayfield Wright Foundation, and the co-author of his autobiography titled Wright Up Front. He has four children, four grandchildren and resides near Fort Worth, Texas.

“Although he was a long shot in the 1967 draft, Rayfield’s superior athletic ability and competitiveness carried him to six straight Pro Bowls and four All-Pro seasons, making him the most honored offensive lineman in Cowboys history. Rayfield was an integral part of all five of our Super Bowl teams. He was always a team player whose solid character contributed to a winning atmosphere. It was an honor to coach Rayfield Wright.”
Coach Tom Landry in a letter to the State of Georgia Hall of Fame

“Life is like a football game. If you get called for holding, may you be holding on to what you believe in or holding the ones you love. Should you get called for illegal use of hands, may they be held together in prayer.”
Rayfield Wright © 2005