The football world mourned the departure of a Hall of Fame offensive lineman on Thursday night.
According to an NFL Hall of Fame statement, Rayfield Wright, a long-time member of the Dallas Cowboys, died today after suffering a severe seizure a few days ago. He was 76 years old at the time.
“Over the past few weeks, the affection that so many Hall of Famers and people around the NFL felt for Rayfield, his wife, Di, and the entire Wright family has been painfully evident,” Hall of Fame President Jim Porter said.
“His kind demeanor off the field belied his powerful presence on it.” Fans of all teams, especially the Cowboys, will recall his domination on the offensive line in the 1970s and how he made it his personal goal to defend Dallas quarterbacks.
“In Canton, we shall defend his legacy with similar zeal. As a memorial to the many people Rayfield affected, the Hall of Fame Flag will fly at half-staff during his funeral on Friday.”
Wright was a member of the Cowboys from 1967 to 1979, and he helped the team win two Super Bowls. He was a six-time Pro Bowler, three-time First-Team All-Pro pick, and three-time Second-Team All-Pro selection in Dallas.
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In 2004, he was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, and in 2006, he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.