Superbowl XX Champion | Actor | Ranch Owner | Outdoor Enthusiast
Tim Wrightman has always been in the spotlight. First playing football at a very small Catholic high school in Southern California, Tim was a man amongst boys. He finished his career as South Bay player of the year, collecting All-CIF honors both junior and senior years and named as one of the top ten college prospects. As a good student, he was offered over 60 academic and athletic scholarships out of which he accepted UCLA's offer to be a Bruin in 1978.
Tim didn't waste any time making his mark as Bruin. In 1978 he was selected as Bruin Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore, Tim led the Bruins in receiving and picked up the Paul I. Wellman award for all around excellence. As a senior and captain of the Bruins, Tim was the fifth Bruin in history to be selected as a unanimous All-American. He was also chosen as his team's Most Valuable Player, and for the second year in a row named All-Coast and All-Pac10. He ended his collegiate career as #7 on the UCLA all-time receiving list. But the honor he is most proud of is that he was an Academic All-American in his senior year, making him the last Bruin in history to be an All-American in football as well as in the classroom. Recently, Tim was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame as one of the school's greatest athletes of all time.
In 1982 Tim was the second player selected in the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears - heralded as Coach Mike Ditka's personal choice. When negotiations broke down between he and the Bears, Tim signed with the USFL as its first major star. George Allen, owner and Head Coach of the Chicago Blitz, said that they wanted Tim not only for his football ability, but because he would be a great spokesman for the new league. Under personal service contract, Tim traveled the Country promoting the new league. Looking back at his USFL experience, Tim says "It was quite a price to pay to be the answer to a trivia question." Tim rejoined the Bears just in time to be part of the 1985 Super Bowl championship team. That year Tim led all NFL tight ends with a 17.9 yard average, not bad for a slow white guy.
Tim took advantage of the Bears' national celebrity. He hosted his own TV show for Media one, filled in at a regular basis on WLUP radio, and started doing stand-up comedy on a regular basis at the Improv in Los Angeles and in Chicago. At this time he also starred in the instructional video, "Tackling Football, a women's guide to watching the game", with his comedy mentor Tom Dreesen as his Co-Star. Always believing in giving back to the community, Tim was the spokesman for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He even participated in one of their Bachelor Auctions, earning a cool $10,000 with his date for the charity. With his successful comedic talents and athletic background, Tim has been sought after as a speaker, entertaining organizations such as Kraft Foods, Allstate Insurance, Women in Film, and Italian American Club just to name a few.
It was a natural transition for Tim to move up to the broadcast booth when he retired in 1988, doing football for ESPN and working as Roy Firestone's NFL analyst. Along with the sports casting and speaking engagements, Tim is active with the Josephson Institute of Ethics and its Character Counts program. Tim speaks to groups about character and ethics at home, school and the work place. Believe it or not, he also has time to have a successful acting career where he has guest starred on such popular TV shows as Mad About You, Suddenly Susan, and Baywatch. As himself he has been the spokesman for NordicTrack, and has been in over 50 national commercials from McDonalds to Levi Jeans.
Tim has been an avid outdoorsman ever since his dad took him hunting when he was five. Too young to hunt, Tim was a great bird dog, fetching everything his dad shot down. Since then he has been on numerous hunting trips to Alaska and even to Argentina. As a conservationist he has restored a large portion of his ranch back to wet lands. Working in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, he has created numerous acres of wildlife habitat. He is now putting the final touches on his book entitled "What I Remember, But Then Again, I've Been Hit in the Head a Lot", an irreverent look at football in the style only Tim can do.