One of the best corners to play for the Broncos, was the great Louis “Lou-dini” Wright. Named to the Pro Bowl a total of five times in his career (1977, 78, 79, 83, and 85), he was also named All-NFL by The Sporting News, Pro Football Weekly, and the NEA in the Orange Crush year of 1977.
The 17th pick of the 1975 draft, the San Jose State University stand out Wright, played his entire 12 year career in Denver. He amassed a total of 166 games played, 163 of those as a starter, ranking him 7th all-time for the Broncos.
He was a starter at cornerback for SJSU for his two years at the university, after transferring from Arizona State. A true athlete, Louis also excelled at track and field events, putting in a long jump of 25 feet 7 inches, and running the 100 meter dash in only 9.6 seconds. All of these accomplishments also led to Wright being inducted into the SJSU Hall of Fame, as well.
Wright’s rookie year saw him start 11 of the season’s games, earning very high praise from long-time defensive coordinator for the Broncos, Joe Collier. Speaking on Wright, Collier said:
“We didn’t have that term [shutdown cornerback] back then, but Louie Wright was a shutdown cornerback.”
Collier also praised Wright as a fantastic run defender, stating that Louis primarily played the left side corner, and most teams in his day ran to the left side defense, making Wright’s play all that more important.
The breakout year for Wright came in 1977, the year of the Orange Crush defense. In that season alone, Wright accounted for 3 interceptions, for a total of 128 yards returned, plus a touchdown. This culminated in the Broncos first Super Bowl appearance in XII. The best season of Wright’s career came in 1983, with a whopping six passes intercepted. In the last season of his career, Wright was still contributing, intercepting 3 passes and helping the Broncos get back to the Super Bowl, yet again, in XXI.
Broncos Country, let’s give Louis Wright a huge Mile-High Salute for all that he gave and accomplished for the Broncos. While it’s amazing to be honored in the Ring of Fame for 24 years, I’m sure every one of us would love to see him with a gold jacket standing in Canton, OH as a Hall of Famer. A great Broncos cornerback…the number 24…Canton-bound…ring any bells? Here’s to hoping 20 and 24 will be enshrined together soon in the HOF.
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|* Selected to Pro Bowl, + First-Team All-Pro|
(courtesy of https://www.pro-football-reference.com)