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Leon Bright

Leon "Pop" Bright, Jr. (born May 19, 1955 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.

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