Former South Carolina and NFL QB Anthony Wright wounded in shooting

Arnold Nichols
July 5, 2019

Witnesses told the police that Wright got into an altercation with his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, which is why gunshots were fired.

Wright was listed in stable condition.

News outlets report Wright is in stable condition after undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds.

Police say they responded at 12:40 p.m ET Monday to a "report of gun shots" and officers arrived on the scene to find Wright with multiple wounds. Undrafted out of SC in 1999, Wright signed on with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the Cowboys in 2000. Police said the argument began after Hooker showed up to drop off his six-year-old daughter.


Police have identified the suspect as William "Willie" Moses Hooker Jr. and have issued a warrant for his arrest. He was cut by the Steelers and joined the Dallas Cowboys, where he appeared in four games and started two in 2000.

Wright was undrafted out of SC in 1999 after finishing as the No. 3 passer in program history with 5,641 yards and 38 touchdowns. Wright was on the New York Giants when they won the Super Bowl in 2008. He was 8-11 overall, with 14 of the starts coming as a Cowboy.

Wright completed 54.9 percent of his National Football League passes and threw for 20 touchdowns to go with 25 interceptions and a 66.3 passer rating.

Wright, a North Carolina native, played his college football at SC (1995-98), where he completed 54.3 percent of his passes for 5,641 yards with 38 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

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