The story of Eric Wright’s career is one of an average NFL player that somehow has remained in the NFL beyond the years that he should have been.
Wright had quite a troubled time when he played college football. Despite putting out great performances on the field, it was marred by the mistakes he made off of it. Wright started at USC, where he played for one full season, before getting into off the field trouble.During an investigation regarding a sexual assault allegation against Wright, authorities found a large amount (136 pills to be exact) of ecstasy and GHB in his apartment. Wright was subsequently expelled, transferring to NCAAF powerhouse UNLV and playing one season.
After the one year of playing Rebels football, Wright opted to enter the 2007 NFL Draft. The Cleveland Browns drafted him in the second round (53rd overall pick). Talent-wise, he was a first round pick, but he slid to the second due to his off the field issues. Over his career with the Browns, Wright was the definition of average, and was never close to being an elite corner. If anything, he was the definition of a mediocre cornerback: there would be games in which he looked like an acceptable NFL corner, and there were other games where he looked like he would get smoked in a Pop Warner football game.
In all, Wright played four pretty forgettable seasons with the Browns before the team finally decided to cut its losses and get rid of him. After that he would play one season with both the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before playing his last football year with the San Francisco 49ers. Now when I say “play,” I say it very lightly – the Niners signed Wright to a one-year deal, but he was almost immediately placed on the reserve/non-football injury list (probably because he’s really, really not good).
So here’s to you Mr. Wright, the most mediocre football player in the world.