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Eric Wright Returns to Football Roots

Posted Nov 5, 2013

The seventh-year veteran cornerback was recently activated from the team’s Reserve/NFI list and is awaiting his opportunity to suit up for his childhood team, the San Francisco 49ers.

Eric Wright has a chance to play professional football in his backyard. Literally.

The seventh-year veteran cornerback was recently activated from the team’s Reserve/NFI list and is awaiting his opportunity to suit up for his childhood team, the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers made room for Wright on the 53-man roster by releasing veteran Nnamdi Asomugha earlier this week. 

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Wright grew up in the Bayview-Hunters Point district of San Francisco and is eager to play for his hometown team, whenever he gets the chance in the team’s remaining eight regular season games.
 
“Candlestick is literally in my backyard,” Wright told 49ers.com. “I could pretty much walk to it.”

The 5-foot-10, 193-pound cornerback spent the first nine weeks of the season on the NFI list, but was able to work out with teammates and participate in meetings. Wright made it a priority to bond with his new teammates and consistently display his work ethic.

Wright, a starter of 81 of his 85 career games with three different teams, called his time away from the field, “a very humbling experience.”

Being back in the Bay Area has revitalized the cornerback, even if it means handling extra ticket requests for upcoming games.

“Having an opportunity to play for a team I’ve been watching my whole life is something that’s a testament to hard work,” Wright said. “It’s something the kids can look at, that dreams do come true.
 
“I will have a lot of ticket requests, but I’ll handle it accordingly. I’ll get my family members out here and my immediate family will always be here to support. These are people who’ve been there my whole career and my whole life supporting me, they know it’s a dream come true and they’re exited for me.”

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Defensively, Wright offers the 49ers defensive depth at both perimeter and slot coverage duties. Wright had 363 career tackles and 14 career interceptions.

“The experience helps, not only to play in different systems, but having to adapt to different systems,” Wright said. “I was able to relate to different things I’ve done in the past and learn some new things at the same time.

“We definitely have one of the best defenses in the league from a schematic standpoint and from a player standpoint.”

Wright joins the NFL’s No. 8 pass defense, a unit that allows an average of 220.5 yards per game. Wright aims to complement an improve secondary in any form or fashion.

“It’s a great group of guys,” Wright said. “They’ve been playing very well for us and have a great grasp of the system.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to help out in any way I can and help out to an already solid unit.”


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