Every Thursday we'll look back at the high school career of a rookie pro athlete. Today we kick off the series with the player who was on the receiving end of quite a few touchdown passes from Robert Griffin III during their time together at Baylor.
When Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright steps on the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight, he may be reminded more than usual of his high school playing days. Wright, you see, wore the black and gold as a three-sport star at H-less Pittsburg (Texas).
As a football recruit, Wright was classified as an Athlete, which is an apt description for the QB-WR-CB. He accounted for more than 2,000 yards on offense as a senior in 2007 and had five interceptions and two returns for touchdowns on defense. You can watch Wright do a little bit of everything in the highlight video below. The leaping ability he shows at the 25-second mark is especially impressive.
Wright was just as dominant on the basketball court. He averaged 24.5 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals per game as a senior and once produced a quadruple-double. On the track, Wright was the Texas Class 3A state champion in the long jump and triple jump.
College: A three-star recruit out of Pittsburg, Wright came into his own at Baylor. He set the Bears' freshman record for receptions (50) and walked on to the basketball team, appearing in 13 games during the 2008-09 season. In the final year of his record-setting collegiate career, Wright caught 108 passes for 1,633 yards and 14 touchdowns, helping Baylor to a win over Washington in the Alamo Bowl and RGIII win the Heisman Trophy.
In the NFL: Wright leads all NFL rookies with 27 catches. He also has two TD receptions for the 1-4 Titans.
Back at Pittsburg: The Pirates are having a rough season. After opening the year with a win over Wills Point, Pittsburg has lost four straight. The team will look to stop its skid tomorrow against North Lamar.