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Eric Wright
Personal Information
Jersey #(s)
Born April 18 1959 (1959-04-18) (age 65)
East St. Louis, Illinois
Career information
Year(s) 19811990
NFL Draft 1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40
College Missouri
Professional teams
Career stats
INT 18
INT yards 256
Touchdowns 2
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Career highlights and awards

Eric Cortez Wright (born April 18, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri), is a former American professional football player who was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2nd round of the 1981 NFL Draft. Before that, the 6'1", 183 lbs. cornerback from the University of Missouri was an all-Big Eight defensive back in 1979 and '80. He played on three University of Missouri teams that appeared in bowl games, and was selected for Missouri's all-century team in 1990. Wright shares the Missouri record for the most pass interceptions in a game (three vs. San Diego State in 1979).

Considered one of the best cover cornerbacks of his day, Wright played in ten NFL seasons, from 1981–1990, all for the 49ers including starting on four Super Bowl-winning teams. A two-time Pro Bowler, Wright's peak performance year was during the 1983 season when he intercepted 7 passes for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns. He intercepted passes in Super Bowl XVI and Super Bowl XIX.

Wright is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[1] He is currently an alumni coordinator for the 49ers.