Felix Wright

American football player (born 1959)

American football player
Felix Wright
No. 22, 24
Position:Defensive back
Personal information
Born: (1959-06-22) June 22, 1959 (age 65)
Carthage, Missouri, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Carthage (MO)
Career history
  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1982–1984)
  • Cleveland Browns (1985–1990)
  • Minnesota Vikings (1991–1992)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1993)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
INT yards:492
Player stats at PFR

Felix Carl Wright (born June 22, 1959) is a former professional American football player who played defensive back from 1985 to 1992 for the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League (NFL).[1]

Undrafted out of Drake University, Wright played from 1982–84 in the Canadian Football League with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, earning Eastern Division All-Star honors in his last two seasons. In his final year, he intercepted two passes in Hamilton's 72nd Grey Cup game loss. In 1989, Wright led the NFL in interceptions with nine.[2]

NFL career

He signed with the Browns as a free agent on April 13, 1985, spending his first season with the team in a specialization role in the secondary as well as seeing action on the special teams squad. The following season, he intercepted three passes and thrived on special teams, blocking one punt that was recovered for a touchdown, partially blocking another punt and then returning a blocked punt 30 yards for a touchdown in the Browns' October 26 road victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Exactly one year after his game against the Vikings, Wright earned Player of the Week accolades in a game against the Los Angeles Rams. In the game, he intercepted one pass and returned it 68 yards to set up Cleveland's first score, then later ran 40 yards with another interception for a touchdown. In 1988, Wright ended the year with three multi-interception games, including a pair in the team's loss to the Houston Oilers in the AFC wild card game, winning AFC Defensive Player of Month in December. The following season, he led the NFL in interceptions with 9. In the November 5 road victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Wright returned a pass 27 yards for a touchdown.

Felix's younger brother Charles Wright enjoyed a career in both the CFL and briefly in the NFL. His brother, Joe Wright, played professional basketball in Europe.[3]


  1. ^ "FELIX WRIGHT". profootballarchives.com. Archived from the original on March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "NFL Interceptions Year-by-Year Leaders (since 1940)". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 21, 2024.
  3. ^ Haase, Rick (December 4, 2008). "Felix Wright will sign autographs at mall". cleveland.com. Archived from the original on March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.

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