Elmo Wright -- College Football Hall of Fame

(Jim Fletcher) #1

Elmo is on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame. You’d have thought he made it before now.

With all due respect to others, he is still the receiver at U of H by which all others are measured.



The College Football Hall of Fame sure did not rush to nominate him. A player has to be elected within 50 years of his last year of college ball and this is Elmo’s 49 year. Good luck to Elmo, he deserves the honor.

(Jim Fletcher) #3

The timing is way too late. He held the college record for TD catches (34) in a career from 1970 until 1982, when Anthony Carter of Michigan beat his record. Elmo is still 37th on the all time list despite the proliferation of passing offenses in the last 20 years.

(Craig Wiggins) #4

Wow I did not know he wasn’t in. I was 8,9 and 10 at this time and I still remember his running in place after a score. As I became an adult I didn’t keep up as closely as I did as a kid or like I began again in my late 20’s. He should have been in the first ballot. But being a Coog it doesn’t surprise me. But how can you ignore a average of what 56 yards a TD!!!


Not only passing offenses, but number of games played. Freshmen couldn’t play. Only 9,10,11 game seasons. Bowl stats didn’t count. Wright played in 31 games. A player can literally play almost twice as many games with CCGs and almost every team making a bowl.


Hmmmmmmm…just like with Guy Lewis … had Elmo put up the same numbers at Gaggie or Whorn, he would have already been in 20 years ago.

(Jim Fletcher) #7

After some research here are some players he is tied with for number of TD catches in a career-- David Boston (ND), Josh Doctson (TCU), Larry Fitzgerald (Pitt), Jeff Fuller (A&M), and Emmanuel Sanders (SMU).

Here are some notable receivers he has more TD catches than-- Jordan Shipley (UT), Steve largent (Tulsa), Howard Twilley (Tulsa), Mark Clayton (OU), Torry Holt (NCSt), Hart Lee Dyles (lil OSU), Will Fuller (ND), Mike Williams (USC), Kendall Wright (Bay), Dez Bryant (lil OSU), Ike Hilliard (FL), Calvin Johnson (GaTech), Chris Carter (OSU), Jabar Gaffney (FL), Manny Hazard (UH), Johnny Rogers (Neb), Sammy Watkins (Clem), Vincent Marshall (UH), Antonio Bryant (Pitt), and Golden Tate (ND).

(Patrick) #8

This absolutely amazed me today. Figured he would have been in a long time ago.

Elmo was an Honorable Mention All-American as a sophomore, a 2nd Team All-American as a junior, and a Consensus 1st Team All-American as a senior. He’s one of only 7 players in UH history that has been a Consensus All-American.

He was also the 1st UH player drafted in the 1st round of the NFL draft, going 16th to Kansas City.

Wright, who was a second-team All-American in 1969 and an honorable mention All-American in 1968, still holds two NCAA records from his 1968 season - most TD receptions of 50 yards or more in a season with eight and highest average per touchdown catch in a season with an average of 56.1 yards per score.


It is absolutely outrageous that he is still waiting for this recognition! Not only did he set all those records, he also changed the game - forever - with his end zone antics after scoring; he was the first to do a little dance or to spike the ball after a score.

(Mike Higdon) #10

Well, look how long it took Guy V. If Elmo had played at UT, he would have been in 44 years ago.


Fun fact. My dad, who was a HS offensive lineman in the early 70s, got to catch a TD pass in a blowout game once. He did the Elmo Wright end zone dance, for which he received some hard core punishment at the next practice at the hands of some rural HS football coaches who didn’t believe there was any room for showboating in football. Since that day, my dad’s nickname has been Elmo. The only 2 people on the planet who call him by his real name (Lawrence) are his mother and mother-in-law, both of whom have since passed away.

That story alone should get the real Elmo into the HOF!