By RJ Young
FOX Sports USFL Writer
CANTON, Ohio – It had to be Scooby, (W) right?!
With a black snapback on his head and twisted back like a shark’s fin, Birmingham Stallions linebacker, the man whose spirit animal is a shark dog, kicked me the way he scored the touchdown that sealed a 33-30 victory over the Philadelphia Stars in the inaugural United States Football League Championship game.
“Man, we were in a fire zone call,” he said. “My man ran in my face, and I had to go pick him up. And I picked him up, I grabbed him [the ball] and ran it for six years.”
Scooby Wright and Bo Scarbrough ponder the title
Scooby Wright and Bo Scarbrough of the Birmingham Stallions reflect on winning the inaugural USFL title after beating the Philadelphia Stars.
Running back Bo Scarbrough saw it differently.
“Man, I was jumping out of my pants,” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh yeah, Shark Dog!’ It was just amazing, just one of those magical moments.”
From the sideline, it looked like Wright had found an extra flurry to put himself in position to knock out KJ Costello, then, like a hungry man wearing a Christmas ham, headed for the end zone and made a stumbling jump. above the goal line. .
“I had to go,” Wright said.
Wright has spent his career moving forward – moving forward.
After staging one of the greatest defensive seasons in FBS history in 2014 at Arizona, where he won nearly every award a linebacker could win, an injury pushed Wright into the seventh round of the NFL Draft. 2016.
But instead of letting it affect him, he made it part of his identity. When you find Wright on Instagram, you’ll see his username is seventhroundscoob.
After an abbreviated stint in the NFL, he continued to search for ways to pursue his dream of playing football professionally. Along the way, he also became a firefighter.
But then Stallions coach Skip Holtz told Wright he wanted to sign him not just to play, but to lead his defense. He wanted him to be his talisman, to carry the weight of playing for his hometown team – the home of the USFL for the entire regular season. Wright didn’t just say yes, he came running.
The Stallions’ Scooby Wright talks about his emotions after winning the USFL Championship
Birmingham Stallions linebacker Scooby Wright breaks down the emotions of the inaugural USFL Championship win over the Philadelphia Stars, 33-30.
He brought charm, tenacity and fun to a league that was a blank slate for him and others like him to pursue their dream once again. Alongside DeMarquis Gates, he formed one of the best linebacking pairs in the league.
Even with injuries that sidelined him for several games this season, Wright found a way to contribute to the defense of coordinator John Chavis.
The result was enough to make Holtz hazy.
“To see him do what he did and finish in style,” Holtz said, “his game of the season was a touchdown. There aren’t many linebackers who can make that statement.
“I’m just very proud of him. What a character he is and what a great player too.”
The Shark Dog sunk his teeth into this game, and he never let go.
RJ Young is a national college football writer and analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the podcast “The #1 Rated Show Starring RJ Young.” Follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Youngand subscribe to “The RJ Young Show” on YouTube. It’s not on a StepMill.
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