Leon Bright

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Leon Bright
No. 26, 45
Born: (1955-05-19) May 19, 1955 (age 62)
Starke, Florida
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status International
Position(s) RB
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg)
College Florida State
High school Merritt Island
Career history
As player
19771980 BC Lions (CFL)
1981–1983 New York Giants
1984–1985 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1977
CFL West All-Star 1977
Awards 1977 - Most Outstanding Rookie
Career stats

Leon "Pop" Bright, Jr. (born May 19, 1955 in Starke, Florida) is a former Gridiron football player in the Canadian Football League for four years and in the National Football League for five years.

He played high school football at Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Florida and was on the 1972 Merritt Island High, Florida Class AAAA state championship team. Bright was named to the FHSAA's All-Century Team which selected the Top 33 players in the 100-year history of high school football in the state of Florida's history.[1]

He played college football at Florida State University where he still holds the record for most yards on a kickoff return, which resulted in a touchdown.[2]

From 1977-1980, Bright played running back, wide receiver, defensive back, and kickoff returner for the BC Lions.[3][4] He also played for the New York Giants from 1981–1983 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1984-1985.

Bright was selected to the Lions' 2004 50th Anniversary Dream Team. In 2006, he was the head coach for the Daytona Beach Thunder arena football team.

Leon also runs the Leon Bright Charitable Foundation. His foundation works with under privileged kids and families.

He is the eldest of 10 children and also the eldest of 23 paternal grandchildren. Bright and wife, Tammy, currently reside in Volusia County, Florida. He has four children and four grandchildren.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-27. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  2. ^ http://seminoles.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/fsu/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/02offenserecords
  3. ^ "B.C. Can’t Find Bright", Leader-Post (March 18, 1981).
  4. ^ "Move to Big Apple Pays off For Bright", Star-Phoenix (December 19, 1981).