He was one of the fastest players to ever play in the NFL. Twice, in 1990 and 1991, wide receiver Alexander Wright was named the NFL’s fastest man and once ran a 40-yard dash in 4.09 seconds. On December 22, 1991, he set a Dallas Cowboy record when he returned a kickoff 102-yards for a touchdown. Alexander Wright, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams, and Los Angeles Raiders during a career that spanned from 1990 to 1996 did experience a certain amount of fortune and fame. The problem, however was that he was a prisoner of his father’s violent past, and it was only after he became a Christian that his life began to change. Before that, however, all of Alexander Wright’s football success couldn’t have saved his marriage, as Wright was turning violent.
Alexander Wright can still remember when his father would come home with a mind under the control of alcohol or some other substance he couldn’t control his temper. He says his father’s bouts with temper were unpredictable and uncontrollable. Wright’s mother would flee with Alexander and his four brothers for up to eight months at a time. She always returned home, however. Alexander recalls there being peace in his family for awhile, and then his father’s temper returning. Alexander says his father literally broke his mother’s legs.
Although Alexander Wright did try to escape from the pressures of his home life, it wasn’t until years later, when he became a Christian that he began to experience peace. As a sophomore in high school, Wright ran track, and he also went out for football. He was recruited to play for Auburn University but didn’t play much until he was a senior. His play in the last game of the season played a key role in his school beating arch rival Alabama.
He hadn’t been noticed by pro scouts before that game. Afterward, he started getting letters and phone calls from NFL scouts.
After getting to play for the Dallas Cowboys, and marrying college sweetheart Veerla Wright, it may have seemed like his dreams were starting to come true. His new wife knew about the abuse in his family’s life in the past but never expected that to carry over into the new marriage. The Cowboys wide receiver started to become like his dad, however. Alexander Wright began to talk back to his coaches, began to shove Veerla, began to hit her, and it would only be after he became a Christian that things would change.
Wright didn’t have the success in the NFL he did in college, and the Cowboys were planning on releasing him after the 1991 season. Veerla was planning on getting a divorce.
Wright said he was on the verge of “losing my job, on the verge of losing everything.” He said Veerla had filed for divorce.
While everything was going downhill for Wright, his mother became a Christian and asked a pastor to contact her son. After about 40 minutes of talking with Pastor Kenneth Mack, Alexander Wright wanted to become a Christian, wanted to believe in the Christ he believed had died for his sins, wanted God to change his life. He also wanted to be baptized.
Wright began to study the Bible, and Veerla noticed the change, but was skeptical. She saw enough evidence of a change in Wright’s life that she became a Christian too. She and Alexander still struggled with fights. She told Alexander that she didn’t want their daughter to think it was okay for a man to hit a woman.
Now that he was a Christian, Alexander Wright desperately wanted to change, and he received counseling from pastors and other men of faith. Veerla says she and Alexander may now still have an occasional argument, but she never again fears that he will raise his hand toward her in anger. She says he is a changed man.
Wright says sharing the violent part of his life is not easy, and at first he ran from being interviewed about it. He says he has run all his life.
Veerla says now that Alexander Wright is a Christian, he is a spiritual leader in the home and “is the man that God intended man to be.” She says he is the leader of the home and the financial provider.
Alexander Wright may have only played seven seasons in the NFL, but some might say that now that he is a Christian, he has become very successful as a man. Currently he is the Athletic Director and head football coach for San Jacinto Christian Academy. Before that he was the offensive coordinator at Greensboro College and offensive coordinator for Southwestern Assemblies of God University.