Originally posted on Know Your Dallas Cowboys: The Blog  |  Last updated 5/29/13
The 1982 season for the Dallas Cowboys started out notoriously, as the team lost its first opening game since 1964. The Cowboys were 1-1 when the players went on strike and remained 1-1 until play resumed in November. When the NFL returned to the field, the Cowboys enjoyed a five-game winning streak. Losses to the Eagles and Vikings dropped the team’s record to 6-3 to end the regular season. Survivor: Redemption Island Contestant and Most Obscure Player Award Winner for 1982: Steve Wright What most people remember about the season was Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard run in the season finale against the Vikings. (It was obviously a great highlight of all time, but it is easy to forget the play came during a loss.) The right guard on the 99-yard run was not Kurt Peterson, who was the regular starter. No, the right guard was #73, a future Survivor named Steve Wright. That’s Survivor, the reality television series.  Wright appeared on Redemption Island, for those who still watch that show, which I generally do. He was the 13th player voted out and ended up on the jury. So he did not win Survivor, nor did he last with the Cowboys. He is, though, our Most Obscure Player of 1982. After playing in 25 games as an undrafted free agent, Wright was traded to the Baltimore Colts in 1983 for a sixth-round pick, which the Cowboys used for defensive lineman Kurt Ploeger. Wright eventually became a starter with the Los Angeles Raiders. Related articles Most Obscure Player of 1981: Angelo King Most Obscure Player of 1980: Aaron Mitchell Most Obscure Player of 1979: Robert Shaw Most Obscure Player of 1978: Larry Brinson
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