The San Francisco 49ers won four titles in the 1980s.
Most of the attention went to star and future Hall of Famer Joe Montana, who was excellent in big pressure games, and safety Ronnie Lott, who punished WRs coming over the middle with his trademark bone-crushing hit.
But there is one person who the media, or for that matter the 49er faithful, have forgotten about: Eric C. Wright (I am using his middle initial to distinguish him from the other Eric Wright who plays CB for the Cleveland Browns).
Eric Wright was drafted by the 49ers in 1981 in Round Two. He was sandwiched in between Ronnie Lott and Carlton Williamson in Rounds One and Three. For much of his career he wasn't talked about due to the man who wore No.42.
Wright left his own impact on opposing defenses and coordinators. He was targeted very frequently around his era. He stood in at 6'1" and weighed in at 183 pounds from Missouri. He had interceptions in Super Bowls 16 and 19.
He finished his career at age 31, with only eighteen interceptions. Wright's a two-time Pro-Bowler and in those two seasons he finished with two interceptions in 1984 and one in 1985.
In his best statistical season he wasn't selected to the Pro Bowl. In 1983, he finished with seven interceptions, two defensive touchdowns, and one fumble recovery.
According to www.profootballreference.com he was an All Pro in 1985, and he finished with the most return yards in 1983, with 164.
He had two injury-plagued seasons at ages 27 and 28 which are considered by many to be a player's prime. Two years which would have made all the difference in the world, for him and the 49ers, in 1986 and 1987.
The NFL draft is this weekend and guess what?
The 49ers need a starting corner opposite to Nate Clements.
Maybe history repeats itself with Singletary taking a corner in the first day of the draft, and we return to the glory days.