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The Pride of Pittsburg

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PITTSBURG, TEXAS (KLTV) - Five Years ago, Pirate Stadium, belonged to Kendall Wright.

"People would come in just to see him run," said Michelle Smith, who works at Pittsburg ISD, "Then they would come out of the game at halftime and say 'we saw what we came to see, he is unbelieveable, he is going to go pro one day.'"

After a stellar career at Baylor, it came true.

Wright was selected with the 20th pick in the NFL Draft by Tennessee.

"I just started jumping up for joy," said Smith, "You never knew really how he felt, but last night, seeing his face, I could tell he was excited because I was excited for him."

"When Tennessee popped up it was a shocker," said Robert Manley, Wright's coach in high school, "We are excited for him and I know he is very excited."

Kendall Wright will now hear his name in stadiums all across the NFL.

But it was in Pirate Gymnasium he made a name for himself.

Kendall was such a good basketball player in high school, he nearly gave up football to focus on hoops.

"He thought he was going to be a professional basketball player, and we told him, there are not a lot of 5'9 point guards out there," said Manley, "And we said 'Kendall you have great potential on Sundays.'"

Now, he will be.

And he will do it, with the signs of support from an entire community.

"As soon as he got picked me and my daughter came up here, made the sign and put it up," said Kelly Smith of Smith Furniture in Pittsburg.

The sign simply says, "Congrats Kendall Wright, We are Proud of You."

It hangs on the front of Smith Furniture in Pittsburg for all to see.

"We do this when Pittsburg Pirates do good, and we are very proud of Kendall," said Smith.

"He was such a great kid, everyone loves Kendall and he is just a well represented kid of Pittsburg," said Manley.

Otherwise known as the newest fans of the Tennessee Titans.

"We are huge Cowboys fans," said Kelly Smith, "But now it is the Titans, we are Tennessee Titans fans now."

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