Elmo Wright

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Elmo Wright
Date of birth: (1949-07-03) July 3, 1949 (age 65)
Place of birth: Brazoria, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Wide Receiver
College: Houston
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 1 / Pick 16
As player:
Kansas City Chiefs
Houston Oilers
New England Patriots
Career highlights and awards
Honors: All-American (1970)
All-Rookie (1971)
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Elmo Wright is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). While at the University of Houston, he became the first football player ever to perform an end zone dance.[1]

Wright was an All-American receiver for the Cougars and, somewhere during his collegiate career, he began the practice of "high-stepping" into the end zone at the end of long touchdown receptions. While this was no comparison to the antics later displayed by such famed celebrators as Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Ickey Woods or Terrell Owens, it was almost equally shocking at the time.

Following his college playing days, Wright went on to star for the Kansas City Chiefs.

He currently resides in Houston, TX.


  1. ^ Finley, Bill (2005-11-13). "Father of End-Zone Dance Explains His Happy Feet". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-16.