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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Jeff Wright

   (Born June 13, 1963) -- The Buffalo Bills had a room full of stars when they were making four straight appearances in the Super Bowl. But those stars had plenty of people helping them. One of them was Jeff Wright.

   I'd guess that not too many players who appeared in the Super Bowl started playing college football at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. From there it was on to Central Missouri State University, which is now known as the University of Central Missouri.

   Wright was an eighth-round draft choice of the Bills, and he spent his first season backing up veteran Fred Smerlas. Wright became a starter in 1990, and helped the Bills reach Super Bowl XXV. He finished with 11 tackles and a sack, but couldn't prevent the Giants from winning.

   A year later, Wright made a huge play in the AFC Championship Game. He tipped a pass by Denver's John Elway, which led to an interception by Carlton Bailey. The Bills linebacker scored the game's only touchdown.

   After a seven-year career, Wright moved into the real world.‘ As of last year, he was working on a cattle ranch in Tucson, Ariz.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.