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Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright dies at 76

Dallas Cowboys legend Rayfield Wright who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, has died at the age of 76, days after a severe seizure.

Gidget Alikpala
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Dallas Cowboys legend Rayfield Wright who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, has died at the age of 76, days after a severe seizure.
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Rayfield Wright, considered one of the greatest players in Dallas Cowboys history, has passed away at the age of 76. The Pro Football Hall of Famer had been in the hospital for a few days following a severe seizure.

The former offensive lineman, who was nicknamed the “Big Cat” due to his agile movements and nimble feet, spent all of his 13 years in professional football with the Cowboys, from 1967 to 1979.

Rayfield Wright: A career Cowboy

He played with Dallas for a total of 188 games in both the regular season and the playoffs, including five NFC Championship games where they prevailed, bringing Wright to a total of five Super Bowl appearances. He merited two Super Bowl rings as an essential member of Dallas’ offensive unit.

“Over the past few weeks, it has become abundantly clear the love that so many Hall of Famers and others around the NFL felt toward Rayfield, his wife, Di, and the extended Wright family,” said Hall of Fame President Jim Porter of the player who was inducted in 2006.

“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.”

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Rayfield Wright’s NFL legacy

Wright was named three times to the first-team All-Pro, and was chosen to participate in six consecutive Pro Bowls. He was also named to the first team as an offensive tackle on the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 70s.

He became a member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2004.

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