Tough ticket for Major Wright

Florida safety Major Wright listens to a reporter's question on Saturday.

The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 7:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 7:03 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE It's a homecoming for Florida free safety Major Wright, but not all of his childhood friends are happy with him.

The issue? Tickets, of course.

Each player receives six of the precious commodity for the BCS National Championship Game. Six was not enough for Wright.

"It was so hard deciding," he said. "I had a lot of people wanting my tickets. But I took care of my immediate family. That was it.

"I have a lot of people mad at me. There are a lot of people with attitude still today. I have a lot of friends, they're there for me but I can't get them tickets. I tried to get it through to them that it's out of my hands."

Wright went to high school at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale and grew up 10 miles from Dolphin Stadium. He made his first trip to the stadium while he was in high school.

"I was defensive player of the week for Broward County and I got to go to Miami's game against Atlanta," he said. "They honored me on the field and I got to meet some of the Dolphins and Falcons."

Because he's back in his old stomping grounds, Wright will have to deal with the demands from family and friends for his time while also getting ready for Oklahoma's high-powered offense.

"It's kind of tough but I have to manage it," he said.

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