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Elmo Wright

Wide Receiver

Elmo Wright

Inducted 2020

Date of Birth



Brazoria, TX


University of Houston (1968-1970)


During an era when Houston was one of the nation’s leaders in rushing, Elmo Wright left his mark as one of the best receivers in school history. He still ranks in the top five of nearly every receiving category at Houston. Wright is the third Cougar player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1968, Wright set a still-standing NCAA single-season record with eight touchdown receptions of 50 yards or more. His 11.6 career receiving yards-per-game were the second most in FBS history at the end of his career and still ranks 12th all-time. In 1969, he earned Second-Team All-America honors, leading the Cougars with 14 touchdowns and a No. 12 final ranking. 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. A first-round pick in the 1971 NFL Draft, Wright played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1971-1974 before splitting the 1975 seasons between the Houston Oilers and New England Patriots. He has been involved with the YMCA and served as a mentor for students in the University of Houston's C.T. Bauer College of Business. Considered by many to be the inventor of the end zone dance, Wright is a member of the University of Houston Athletics Hall of Honor and the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.


Height 6'0"

Weight 190

Career Highlights

  • 1970 Consensus All-America
  • 1969 Second-Team All-America
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