Elmo Wright
No. 23, 17
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1949-07-03) July 3, 1949 (age 73)
Brazoria, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:George Washington Carver/Sweeny (Sweeny, Texas)
NFL Draft:1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Elmo Wright (born July 3, 1949) 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, Texas.


  1. ^ Finley, Bill (2005-11-13). "Father of End-Zone Dance Explains His Happy Feet". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-16.