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Grandmother’s belief guides Antioch’s Cameron Wright

Cameron Wright practices at Antioch on March 15, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Cameron Wright practices at Antioch on March 15, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

From Antioch senior linebacker and running back Cameron Wright’s earliest moments, his grandmother believed in him to the highest regard.

Not only did she believe he could be a great football player. Not only did she believe he could play college football.

She believed much, much more.

“Ever since I was young I used to tell her when I get older I want to play football,” Wright said. “She’s like, ‘You’re going to make it to the league. Do this and that.’ She’s not with me anymore. She passed away, but she keeps me going.”

As Wright’s career continued unfolding, that belief from his grandmother only carried more weight.

After his junior season, when Wright totaled the third-most tackles on the roster (58), tackles for loss (8) and sacks (4), he noticed something when putting together his film, noticing that a future in the sport was attainable beyond the high school realm.

“Just felt great because coming up I was always like just the player that was just in the crowd, not really standing out all the time, so to stand out for once and get some recognition was big for me,” Wright said.

Entering the season opener at 7 p.m. Friday against Bay Valley Athletic League foe Liberty, Wright’s made extra strides on the football field during this extra-long offseason.

Wright said he worked on his speed, lateral quickness, coverage skills and getting to the ball quicker. He also added 10 pounds. 

“I feel like I’m bigger, stronger, faster, and it was everything you want out of an offseason,” Wright said.

The recruiting process is going steady for Wright, who is hearing from a few Division III programs and junior colleges.

Laney College has spoken the most with Wright.

“They’ve been the most consistent in talking to me and getting me involved and things like that,” Wright said. “I just want to go somewhere where I’m wanted and treated like one of them.”

Now that Wright’s final season as an Antioch Panther is here, he’s hoping for more accolades with his teammates before his next chapter begins.

Last year, Pittsburg was the BVAL champs. This year, he’s hoping Antioch takes the championship banner in one of the region’s top leagues.

“I just want to be seen everywhere on defense, running around everywhere, making sure I make noise,” Wright said. “And, as a team, it’s my last year. I want to take league this year. A lot of people are looking at us like they can’t do it. We’ve got the talent.”


  1. Rufus Wright on March 17, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Stay focused and stay consistent with mental and physical hardwork and dedication ALL IN 120% attitude and you will make it son!

    • Karen Wright on March 18, 2021 at 5:39 pm

      So proud of you my love. Keep striving to be the best u can be! God got your favor in all things❤💪🏾🙏🏾😘 mom

  2. Jovan (Jojo) on March 18, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Cameron, I’m so proud of you! I’m so happy that Nana’s spirit continues to guide you, I’m sure she’s smiling down and super proud !!

  3. Don Graves on March 21, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Trust in the Lord with all of your heart! Believe and confess with your mouth and you will have all of which is in God’s will.

    Best wishes!

    Kim and Don Graves

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