Ernie Wright

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Ernie Wright
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Position: Tackle
Personal information
Born:(1939-11-06)November 6, 1939
Toledo, Ohio
Died: March 20, 2007(2007-03-20) (aged 67)
San Diego, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1961  / Round: 15 / Pick: 200
AFL draft: 1960  / Round: 1 / Pick: --
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 174
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Player stats at PFR

Ernest Henry Wright (November 6, 1939 – March 20, 2007) was an American professional football offensive tackle who played for 13 seasons, from 1960 to 1969 in the American Football League (AFL), and from 1970 to 1972 in the National Football League (NFL).

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American Football League Professional football league that merged with National Football League in 1970

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Early life

Wright was born on November 6, 1939 in Toledo, Ohio and attended Scott High School. He played football for Ohio State University and started on the Buckeyes' offensive line in 1958 and 1959. [1] [2]

Toledo, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Toledo is in northwest Ohio, at the western end of Lake Erie bordering the state of Michigan. The city was founded in 1833 on the west bank of the Maumee River, and originally incorporated as part of Monroe County, Michigan Territory. It was re-founded in 1837, after conclusion of the Toledo War, when it was incorporated in Ohio.

Ohio State University public research university in Columbus, Ohio, United States

The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a large public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and the ninth university in Ohio with the Morrill Act of 1862, the university was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College (Mech). The college began with a focus on training students in various agricultural and mechanical disciplines but it developed into a comprehensive university under the direction of then-Governor Rutherford B. Hayes, and in 1878 the Ohio General Assembly passed a law changing the name to "The Ohio State University". It has since grown into the third-largest university campus in the United States. Along with its main campus in Columbus, Ohio State also operates regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Wooster.

NFL career

Wright was an original member of the Los Angeles Chargers in 1960. [3] He was drafted in the 15th round (200th overall) of the 1961 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, but he remained with the Chargers.

Los Angeles Rams National Football League franchise in Los Angeles, California

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Wright was a starter for the Chargers in their 51-10 victory over the Boston Patriots in the 1963 AFL Championship game.

He was an AFL All-Star in 1961, 1963 and 1965. Chargers Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman called the tandem of Wright and Hall-of-Famer Ron Mix "The best pair of offensive tackles in pro football."

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Ron Mix Player of American football

Ronald Jack Mix is a retired Hall of Fame American football offensive tackle. He is a member of the American Football League (AFL) All-Time Team, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

He played eight seasons for the Chargers, through the 1967 season. He played the next four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, including in their inaugural season of 1968. In 1968 and 1969, the Bengals were in the AFL; in 1970, they moved to the NFL as the two leagues merged. He returned to the Chargers to finish his career in 1972.

Cincinnati Bengals National Football League franchise in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Wright was one of only 20 men who played all 10 years of the AFL's existence.

Personal life

In 1994, Wright founded The Pro Kids Golf Academy and Learning Center, a nonprofit organization for inner-city youth in San Diego. Wright was the first winner of the Ernie H. Wright Humanitarian Award, which the San Diego Hall of Champions had established in his honor. The award was presented to Wright during the hall's awards banquet in 2007. [4]

He became a sports talent agent and later became the western regional chief for the NFL Players Association. He later operated a series of installations for people convicted of misdemeanors. [4]

Wright died of cancer in 2007.

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  2. "Ernie Wright NFL & AFL Football Statistics |". Retrieved 2016-05-08.
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