Wright was one of the primary mainstays of the 1980s 49ers, winning the four Super Bowl rings at cornerback and going to two Pro Bowls. He, along with Lott and Williamson, joined the team in 1981, and left it along with Lott and many others after the 1990 season. He stayed on at Candlestick, though, as a defensive backs coach from 1991 through 1993, coaching Merton Hanks and others.
In 1994, Hanks said: “Eric was on me from the first day, trying to make me a better person and a better defensive back. He taught me how to study film, not just watch film. He showed me the mental aspect of how to play cornerback and defensive back. He is the single biggest reason for my development as a player.”
Since 1993, Wright has coached at Missouri, worked with the 49ers in other capacities, coached at Menlo College, and received his B.A. there. In February 2008 he joined the Developmental Football League as an executive.
He said of playing with the Niners: “The fond memories are just those fun times, being around good, fun guys. I just miss the guys, the day-to-day grind, hanging out.”