Leon "Pop" Bright, Jr.
(born May 19
in Starke, Florida
) was a Gridiron football
player in the Canadian Football League
for four years and in the National Football League
for five years. Bright played running back
and kick returner
for the British Columbia Lions
from 1977-1980, the New York Giants
from 1981-1983 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
from 1984-1985. He played high school football
at Merritt Island High School
in Merritt Island, Florida
and was on the 1973 Merritt Island High, Florida Class AAAA state championship team. He played college football
at The Florida State University
where he still holds the record for most yards on a kickoff return.
Bright was selected to the Lions' 2004 50th Anniversary Dream Team. Since 2006 he has been the head coach for the Daytona Beach Thunder arena football team.
He is the eldest of 10 children and also the eldest of 23 paternal grandchildren. Bright and wife, Tammy, currently reside in Volusia County, Florida. He has four children from various partners and one grandchild.