Elmo Wright

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Elmo Wright
Date of birth (1949-07-03) July 3, 1949 (age 67)
Place of birth Brazoria, Texas
Career information
Position(s) Wide Receiver
College Houston
NFL draft 1971 / Round: 1 / Pick 16
Career history
As player
1971–1974 Kansas City Chiefs
1975 Houston Oilers
1975 New England Patriots
Honors All-American (1970)
All-Rookie (1971)
Career stats

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.