Greatest 49ers of all time: No. 20 – Eric Wright
Career Stats with 49ers: 5 fumbles recovered, 18 interceptions, two touchdowns
You know those guys like Darrelle Revis or Richard Sherman, who are considered the shutdown cornerbacks of their eras? Well, that was Eric Wright–he was one of the true shutdown cornerbacks of the 1980s.
The 49ers could always depend on Wright to keep his side of the field in check. For ten seasons, he was a true playmaker for San Francisco, using his instincts and ball skills to create turnovers and make life difficult for opposing passers.
Not convinced of his playmaking abilities? Look no further than his 1983 campaign, when he hauled in seven interceptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns. The next two seasons were just as impressive, as he earned a Pro Bowl nod in each and a first-team All-Pro selection in one.
Wright had all of the tools teams look for in outstanding cover cornerbacks, even by today’s standards. The 49ers truly had a great one in him.