Chris Wright (Canadian football)

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Chris Wright
Date of birth (1972-08-24)August 24, 1972
Place of birth Valdosta, Georgia
Date of death July 31, 2005(2005-07-31) (aged 32)
Place of death Atlanta, Georgia
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) WR/KR
College Georgia Southern
Career history
As player
1995 Baltimore Stallions
19961998 Montreal Alouettes
2002 BC Lions
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1995
Awards 1995 Frank M. Gibson Trophy
Honors 1995 Grey Cup Champion

Chris Wright (August 24, 1972 – July 31, 2005) was a former award winning Canadian Football League kick returner and Grey Cup champion.

Wright played college football at Georgia Southern. His first year as a professional was successful, for as kick returner with the Baltimore Stallions he scored 3 touchdowns on punt returns and added an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown in their Grey Cup victory.[1] This won him the Frank M. Gibson Trophy as best rookie in the CFL Southern Conference, and an all-star selection.

He moved north to Canada with the Stallions when they relocated and became the revived Montreal Alouettes. He missed the entire 1996 season due to injury, but had an impressive 1997 campaign, with 2 punt return touchdowns. He was released after the 1998 season, but resurfaced in 2002 with the BC Lions, where he played 7 games.

Chris Wright was murdered in a shooting in Atlanta on July 31, 2005.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2011-09-23.  Baltimore Stallions 1995 Statistics
  2. ^ [1] Former CFLer murdered in Atlanta, Monday, August 8, 2005, CBC Sports