Biography: Louis Wright, CB

Louis Wright
Denver Broncos cornerback Louis Wright (20) returns an interception 51 yards during an NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Denver, Colo., Oct. 9, 1977. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 23-7. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)
Louis Wright was named to the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1993 following an electrifying 12-year career (1975-86) with the club as a cornerback.

Selected by the Broncos in the first round (17th overall) of the 1975 NFL Draft from San Jose State University.

Wright was a five-time Pro Bowl choice (1977-79, ‘83, ‘85) and is one of nine players in franchise history to be selected to at least five Pro Bowls. He was named All-NFL by The Sporting News, Pro Football Weekly and the NEA in 1977, a year in which he was a key member of Denver’s 12-2 team that became the first in franchise history to make the playoffs en route to reaching Super Bowl XII against Dallas.

For his career, Wright helped the Broncos earn six playoff berths (1977-79, ‘83-84, ‘86), four division titles (1977-78, ‘84, ‘86) and two Super Bowl appearances (XII in ‘77 and XXI in ‘86). He received All-AFC honors from UPI in 1985 after posting five interceptions that year while his teammates voted him Denver’s MVP on defense following both the 1982 and ‘84 seasons.

Wright played 166 career games as a Bronco, including 163 starts that ranked fourth in club history at the time of his retirement and currently stand eighth.

The defensive back played every game in a season eight times, including the 1983 campaign in which he recorded a career and team-high six interceptions. Wright’s 26 career interceptions rank eighth in club history while his 360 career interception return yards are eighth on Denver’s all-time list. He recovered 11 fumbles for his career and scored twice on fumble recoveries for touchdowns.

At San Jose State, Wright was a two-time letterwinner as a defensive back. He also won two letters in track and once ran the 100 meters in 9.6 seconds.