The San Francisco 49ers today announced that CB Eric Wright has officially retired. Surprising news to all of us here at 49ers headquarters, as head coach Jim Harbaugh spoke about Wright’s absence citing that Wright was “making a decision not to play football” the official announcement came during 49ers team practice this afternoon.
49ers’ GM Trent Baalke released a statements as he said, “Last night, Eric reached out to inform us of his plans to retire. After a lengthy discussion, it was evident he put a great deal of thought into his decision. Eric has our full support and we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”
Former 49ers cornerback and San Francisco native also released his statement saying, “After seven NFL seasons, I am announcing my retirement from professional football. Playing was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, but as I prepared for the coming season, I realized that I no longer had the same passion I once had for the game. The San Francisco 49ers have given me an amazing opportunity to play for the team I grew up rooting for, and I owe the York family, my coaches, and my teammates tremendous gratitude. I will be forever grateful to all of the franchises I was lucky enough to play for, and look forward to beginning the next phase of my life, and spending more time with my family.”
Wright who also played for the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Detroit Lions recorded 367 tackles, 15 interceptions, 72 pass break-ups, five forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.