Rayfield Wright: Hall of Fame tackle, respected voice

A former seventh-round pick, Rayfield Wright became one of the best tackles in history. Now he's earning acclaim for another talent -- his skills as a motivational speaker, writes Matt Mosley.

Originally Published: April 18, 2008
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com

In 1967, Rayfield Wright was looking at football as his backup plan. The Cowboys were one of the first franchises to scout historically black colleges, and that's how the great Bob Hayes ended up coming to Dallas in 1965.

The Cowboys also had success identifying basketball players who could make the crossover to football. They went after a Kentucky basketball star named Pat Riley at one point, but he never made the transition. The Cincinnati Royals offered the 6-foot-7 Wright a chance ...

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