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Former Wildcat great Scooby Wright signs with Patriots

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It’s been a heck of a weekend for one of the greatest players in Arizona Wildcats history, both personally and professionally.

Scooby Wright III has joined the most successful NFL franchise of the 21st century in the New England Patriots, his third pro team since leaving the UA after his junior year in 2015.

Wright was last with an NFL team in 2018, when the Arizona Cardinals cut him late in training camp. He appeared in 13 games with the Cardinals in 2016-17 after spending the 2016 season on the practice squad of the Cleveland Browns, who drafted him in the seventh round that year.

His last professional team was the Arizona Hotshots of the short-lived AAF, with whom he played in early 2019.

The 6-foot-240-pound linebacker played for the UA from 2013-15, his 2014 season a tremendous one in which he led FBS with 31 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles to go with 15 sacks. That earned him three national defensive player of the year awards—the Bednarik, Lombardi and Nagurski—as well as Consensus All-American and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Wright’s signing comes the same weekend as his engagement, which his father Phillip Wright Jr. shared on Twitter on Saturday night.