Wright will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Co. in Griffin on March 26, as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
One of the most honored offensive tackles of his time, Wright will be presented with his “Hometown Hall of Famer” plaque during a special ceremony at 10:30 a.m. March 26 in the Griffin High School gymnasium, where the plaque will remain permanently to serve as an inspiration for the school’s students and athletes.
The presentation will be made by L.J. “Stan” Lomax, Wright’s former college football coach. Wright was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Attending the ceremony will be Griffin High School students, faculty, staff, alumni and Wright’s family members and close friends. Griffin-Spalding County School System Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones will serve as the master of ceremonies.
In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Rayfield Wright “Hometown Hall of Famers” road sign will be on display in Griffin.
"'Hometown Hall of Famers’ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and chief executive officer. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate Rayfield Wright and Griffin High School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Griffin.”
An All-American at Fort Valley State College, Wright was a seventh-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys during the 1967 NFL Draft. During his first three seasons the 6-foot, 6-inch, 255-pound Wright was used as a tight end, defensive end and offensive tackle. The Cowboys were victorious in two of the five Super Bowl games (Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII) Wright played in during his 13-year career. Wright was selected to six Pro Bowls and was named first- or second-team All-NFL seven times and was also named to the 1970s All-Decade Team.
Fans can visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame website for more information on the “Hometown Hall of Famers” program, and can view event videos at www.youtube.com/allstate.