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Where are they now? Jeff Wright

Posted Feb 14, 2013


Nose tackle Jeff Wright appeared in all four of Buffalo’s Super Bowls. Wright was what many teammates and coaches called a “productive” defensive player.

But what Wright’s been up to since we last saw him wear No. 91 in 1994 might surprise you.

“I have spent the last eight years working on the cattle ranch,” Wright told buffalobills.com. “I check the livestock and make sure all of the cattle have water and make sure to refrigerate anything that needs refrigeration, especially in the warmer climate.”

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Wright was born in San Bernardino, California. In 1988, he was drafted in the eighth round by the Buffalo Bills. A 6-foot-3, 274-pound Central Missouri State product, Wright quickly adapted to the Bills defensive style.

In his seven seasons in Buffalo, Wright recorded 228 tackles, 31.5 sacks and one interception. He recalls individual games, the passion and determination he felt while on the field, and of course, the weather. Naturally, among Wright’s favorite memories of his time in Buffalo were those years in the early 90s.

“Some of my fondest memories are of all of the Super Bowls that we played in,” Wright said. “Of course our biggest comeback game when we beat Houston. One of the coldest games I remember playing in was against the Raiders. I have a lot of those memories.”

After retiring from the NFL, Wright traded his Bills helmet for a cowboy hat. He first opened a restaurant called Bellagio’s Pizza and Bar in Dallas, Texas, and after a few years in the bar industry, Wright moved to Tucson, Arizona to join his fiancé Jennifer’s family cattle ranch.

His typical day now consists of waking early and maintaining the ranch, a far cry from the tackles, sacks and winter cold associated with his former line of work.

“I enjoy the warmer climate,” he told buffalobills.com.

Wright – a Central Missouri State Mule with Buffalo ties - has settled into his new home on the range.