|Born:||March 27, 1939|
|Died:||February 26, 2009(aged 69)|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Stephen D. Lee|
|NFL Draft:||1961 / Round: 3 / Pick: 36|
|AFL Draft:||1961 / Round: 14 / Pick: 107|
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James Earl Wright (March 27, 1939 — February 26, 2009) was a gridiron football defensive back and quarterback who played in the American Football League and the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Memphis.
Wright attended Memphis State and was the Tigers' starting quarterback for three seasons. As a senior, Time referred to Wright as "the most dangerous back in the South". Wright was leading the nation in total offense as a senior before suffering torn cartilage in his left knee against Southern Mississippi. He finished the season with 604 yards and 11 passing touchdowns. Wright was inducted into the Memphis Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979.
Wright was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 1961 NFL Draft and by the Boston Patriots in the 14th round of the 1961 AFL Draft. He did not sign with either team and was later signed by the Edmonton Eskimos. Wright missed the entire 1962 season due to his knee injury. In 1963 he played in three games, completing 5 of 15 passes for 89 yards with one touchdown pass and four interceptions and rushed ten times for 33 yards. Wright was signed by the Denver Broncos in 1964 and was moved to defensive back. He played in ten games in 1964.