November 6, 1939|
|Died||March 20, 2007(aged 67)|
|AFL All-Star||1961, 1963, 1965|
|AFL Los Angeles Chargers
AFL San Diego Chargers
AFL Cincinnati Bengals
NFL Cincinnati Bengals
NFL San Diego Chargers
Ernest Henry Wright (November 6, 1939 – March 20, 2007) was an American professional football offensive tackle who played for 13 seasons, from 1969 to 1969 in the American Football League, and from 1970 to 1972 in the National Football League.
Wright was an original member of the Los Angeles Chargers in 1960. He was drafted in the 15th round (200th overall) of the 1961 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, but he remained with the Chargers.
He played eight seasons for the Chargers, through the 1967 season. He played the next four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, including in their inaugural season of 1968. In 1968 and 1969, the Bengals were in the AFL; in 1970, they moved to the NFL as the two leagues merged. He returned to the Chargers to finish his career in 1972.
Wright was one of only 20 men who played all 10 years of the AFL's existence.
In 1994, Wright founded The Pro Kids Golf Academy and Learning Center, a nonprofit organization for inner-city youth in San Diego. Wright was the first winner of the Ernie H. Wright Humanitarian Award, which the San Diego Hall of Champions had established in his honor. The award was presented to Wright during the hall's awards banquet in 2007.
He became a sports talent agent and later became the western regional chief for the NFL Players Association. He later operated a series of installations for people convicted of misdemeanors.
Ernie Wright died of cancer in 2007.