A former All-ACC cornerback at Duke, Leon Wright returned to his alma mater in January of 2011 and serves in quality control on the defensive side of the football.
Wright spent the 2011 campaign as an operations assistant with the football program, working primarily with the defensive staff.
A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Wright lettered four seasons (2006-07-08-09) on the gridiron at Duke. He played in 41 games with 30 starting assignments, and compiled career totals of 155 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 10 interceptions, 20 pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. In addition, he returned 42 punts for 217 yards and seven kickoffs for 136 yards.
As a senior in 2009, Wright garnered honorable mention All-ACC accolades after posting 58 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, five interceptions and eight pass breakups. His finest day as a Blue Devil came on September 12, 2009 when he sealed Duke’s 35-19 come-from-behind win over Army with two interception returns for touchdowns just 16 seconds apart late in the fourth period. The returns covered 51 and 33 yards as he became the first player in school history to score two touchdowns via interception returns in a single game and earned ACC Player of the Week honors for his efforts.
Wright, who signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s New York Giants following his career as a Blue Devil, finished with three total defensive touchdowns, adding a 24-yard fumble return for a score against Georgia Tech in 2007. He closed his career ranking among Duke’s all-time leaders in career interception returns for touchdowns, interceptions, interception return yardage and pass breakups.
Wright graduated from Duke in 2010 with a degree in sociology.