Wildcat Athlete of the Week: Mason Wright mosses the honor of being a WR1


By Chuck Baumgartner, Editor

In elementary school, Mason Wright was watching WR1 for the Chicago Bears Brandon Marshall. Little did he know, he would be in the same role as Marshall for the West Chicago football program for multiple years.

Mason Wright making a contested catch around 3 defenders mossing one of them. (Photo by Mason Wright)

Wright has always had a love for football, playing for the West Chicago feeder team during middle school, watching as much as he could, and exposing himself to the game whether it was Madden Mobile or practicing the infamous one-handed catch made by Odell Beckham Jr. Wright has always had an extremely hard-working attitude to maximize his potential.

According to yardsperfantasy.com. The definition of a WR1: “a wide receiver that you can rely on week in and week out and who will always come out to play hard.”

Wright can fit into that title as he had an impressive career. Wright was a 3-year varsity football player and was a top receiver each year. Wright had an incredible last dance for the Wildcats tallying 1,059 receiving yards which is 2nd all-time for West Chicago’s football history. Wright also tallied 62 catches in his career. Wright scored a total of 6 touchdowns offensively.

Being a two-way player definitely applies to Wright as he was a menace to the defensive side. Wright totaled 68 tackles, forced 4 fumbles, and showed off his ability to catch the ball on defense by having 2 interceptions. Wright also channeled his inner 2018 Eddie Jackson by having 2 defensive touchdowns.

Wright earned an extremely high honor by getting the Randall Jacob Award given by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791. Wright was also an Upstate-Eight all-conference wide receiver.

Former Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall sporting the same jersey number as Wright (Photo by The Comeback)

When asked who is his favorite football of all time. Wright did not hesitate to answer former pro-bowl wide receiver, Brandon Marshall. He said, “watching Marshall play inspired me to play like him on the field by being a physical receiver. Wright began to wear the number 15 because of his admiration for Marshall.

Marshall is a perfect fit for Wright to shadow, as they both pose as vertical threats with pure speed and also have height and physicality and are the perfect build for a WR1. The numbers show as they would lead the team in receiving yards and brought incredible passion to each game no matter what the team circumstances were.

Wright’s speed was utilized for special teams as he ran back the first play of the home opener and season for a touchdown.

A Former teammate in middle school and a senior at Wheaton Academy, Andrew Apostoli holds right in high regard on and off the field. Apostoli stated, “He’s one of the funniest yet incredibly athletic people I know. He works hard but always has fun doing it!”

Wright also received praise from his long-time quarterback senior Dylan Krupp. Krupp reflected on their relationship,

“Having Mason as my number 1 receiver since middle school was really as good as it gets, in tough situations I could really just throw the ball up to him and he would somehow come down with it. Also, as a teammate, he’s really that guy to try to pick up the whole team and lead.”

Bates handing off the baton to Wright during the 2022 indoor track season. (Photo by Nicole Fields)

Junior Safety and relay race teammate Jaden Bates also had high praise for Wright for his leadership in football and track & field. “He always pushed everyone and wanted to win. he motivates those around him and trained hard, encouraging us to be the best we could.”

Wright about to score the opening kick off of his senior season. (Photo by Mason Wright)

When asked about his favorite moment playing for WEGO, Wright responded, “running back the opening week kick-off to begin of my final season.”

Wright also uses his speed in the spring and is a sprinter for the track team.  His talents are utilized well as he has earned all-conference honors in that as well.


Wright will be attending Lake Forest College to play football and is still undecided about what he wants to study.