- Last Updated on 08:01 AM 12/02/13
- BY Doug Ford
Senior long snapper for the Liberty University football team Richie Wright paused for a moment to take it all in and count his blessings.
The former wrestling and football standout at Halifax County High School had just been named to the Big South all-conference first team, his third such honor in three years.
Wright was at the high school Wednesday volunteering his grappling skills to help the wrestling team prepare for its season opener.
More than wrestling was on Wright’s mind, however, as he prepares for the next stage in his life.
“It’s a blessing to be named all-conference the last three years,” said Wright, a 2011 CSN Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America selection.
“Ever since I’ve been at Liberty, the whole journey has been a great experience for me.”
Wright finished his career with 45 consecutive starts at long snapper, and he was long snapper for four different all-conference players, including two kickers and two punters.
He also was long snapper for one All-American kicker during his four-year playing career.
“Some things happened for me to get my spot,” recalled Wright.
“I didn’t get it my redshirt freshman year but every year after that.
“I’ve proved myself to be the best in the conference the last three years, and helping win conference championships shows the hard work I’ve put in my whole life.”
Wright graduated last May with a degree in exercise science, strength and conditioning from Liberty, and he played this season while interning at the school.
That helped him focus on football, Wright explained.
“It’s been a great opportunity. My senior season I could focus on football and being in the weight room all day with my internship, I could do extra drills and focus even more.”
More football is in store for Wright, who has been invited to the FCS Senior Bowl in Myrtle Beach Dec. 21.
I got invited to FCS Senior Bowl Dec. 21 at Myrtle Beach.
“I’ll go there and do the best I can,” said Wright.
“They only invited the top two guys in the nation at my position, me and the North Dakota State long snapper.
“They’re defending national champions, and I’m honored they included me.”
Football may be part of Wright’s future, but if not he has other career goals in mind.
“I’m going to go somewhere and train, and I’ve been asked to come to a couple of camps, one in Arizona,” said Wright.
“It’s a snapping, kicking and punting camp, one of the biggest in the nation.
“It will be a good opportunity for me to compare myself to others from bigger schools.”
He acknowledged his success at the collegiate level is the culmination of a lot of hard work and countless hours in the weight room.
“My family has supported me the whole time,” noted Wright.
“I have my degree, and if things don’t happen with that, I’ve applied to a couple of graduate assistant programs, one at UVa., another at Gardner-Webb.”
If that option doesn’t become available, Wright said he may apply to work as a strength and conditioning coach at a high school and work his way up.
“Looking back, I had a bunch of short term goals, and I’ve worked hard for everything I’ve gotten,” Wright continued.
“God has blessed me in every situation.”