Originally posted by BSofSF:
It's a conversation piece. I agree with Bryant Young and it reminds me of another egregious omission on my part: Justin Smith. So, I will revise and put them on. Eric Wright looks like a great player, but given that the Bucs cut him and he's mentoring Aldon Smith in drug rehab, it is maybe premature. The dreaded upper groin pull cut short what would have been a great career for the real Eric Wright. Deion Sanders makes the list because he was the single largest factor in SB trophy #5. Owens has an argument, but like our guy Aldon, did himself no favors with his distracting antics. Kwalick, hey maybe, but I was in diapers and he's not burning up the old highlight reel.
Eric Wright was a gifted, phenomenal cover corner who unfortunately had only a handful of seasons before suffering from a chronic injury that handicapped his performance for the rest of his career. He had the unusual combination of being tall and incredibly gymnastic in coverage.
He was part of the best defensive backfield draft by any team ever, 1981, when he came in with Ronnie Lott and Carleton Williamson to match up with Dwight Hicks and give SF the best overall defensive backfield in the league (best against the pass and run together), even better than the all star Raiders of that year.
Anyway, he was an athletically unique player and should always be remembered by this organization. Definitely should make an all star team. I don't count Deion he was only here a few games.
Ted Kwalick and Bob Tucker (NYG) basically invented the modern day possession tight end pass game through their effectiveness. There were splashier deep threats, like McKay, Ditka, Chester, but these guys made a living by giving QBs that checkdown first down option consistently. He was John Brodie's goto guy when Gene was triple covered. Very worthy too.
[ Edited by brodiebluebanaszak on Oct 5, 2013 at 4:11 PM ]