After his game-winning touchdown on Sunday, it’s time to take a deeper dive into Detroit Lions tight end Brock Wright.
The 24-year-old was born and raised in Cypress, Texas. He attended Cy-Fair High School before heading to Notre Dame where he played four seasons of college football. In his 48 games played, Wright totaled seven receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown. He helped Notre Dame reach two appearances in the College Football Playoff Semifinals.
Post college, Wright signed with the Detroit Lions after going undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft. He joined the Practice Squad until he was signed to the Active Roster on November 1st, 2021. Wright made his NFL debut in the Week 7 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.
In the 10 games he played in last year, Wright totaled 12 receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Through Week 15 this season, he has tallied 14 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
Game Winning TD
The longest reception of his career came in Sunday’s win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. On fourth and inches with 1:49 left in the fourth quarter, Wright took a pass 51 yards to the house. The risky play was executed perfectly and gave the Lions the 20-17 win over the Jets. This marked the longest touchdown reception by a Lions tight end since David Sloan had a 74-yard touchdown in 1999.
This was one heck of a play call. The Lions had fourth and inches.
Brock Wright scored a 51-yard touchdown. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/BAx3tU95DS
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) December 18, 2022
Wright has seen more targets this season after Lions No. 1 TE T.J. Hockenson was traded to the Minnesota Vikings. While he hasn’t been a super significant part of the Lions’ offense, he has definitely had his moments and is very much a contributor.
After his touchdown Sunday, a special moment was captured between Wright and Justin Jackson. Jackson grabbed Wright and repeated himself twice saying, “We believe in you.”
Justin Jackson grabbing Brock Wright and saying “WE BELIEVE IN YOU!” is beautiful.
(And, a spectacular catch by the microphone) pic.twitter.com/stGm2pDoFv
— Jay Scott Smith (@JayScottSmith) December 18, 2022
The Detroit Lions now gear up for their Week 15 matchup and Christmas Eve game against the Carolina Panthers.
Fun Fact About Brock Wright
The tight end joined Jason Cabinda in hosting a field trip for local Detroit Students a couple of weeks ago. They went to a movie theater in Royal Oak to the Blank Panther: Wakanda Forever. While we were there welcoming the kids, Wright told me he can’t go to the movies without getting a Slurpee and a bucket of popcorn.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Maddy Miller – Detroit Lions Beat Reporter
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