Daily Archives: February 8, 2012

>Comments on Race in the AFL – Ernie Wright

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In recognition of February being Black History Month, stories this month will pertain to racial issues in the American Football League.  The post for this week contains part of an interview

that I conducted in 1998, with Chargers and Bengals offensive tackle, Ernie Wright.  Wright was an original Charger, joining the club in Los Angeles in 1960.  He moved with the team to San Diego, where he was a fixture on the offensive line for the next several years.  Wright was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1968 AFL Expansion Draft, and played four seasons in his native Ohio, before coming back to the Chargers for his final season in 1972.  Wright was a three-time AFL All-Star, and one of only 20 men to play in all 10 seasons of the AFL.  He was successful in his post-football life, first as a sports agent, and then in operating a series of detention centers for people convicted of misdemeanors.  Ernie Wright passed away on March 21, 2007, after a battle with cancer.  read more

>Comments on Race in the AFL – Ernie Wright

>

In recognition of February being Black History Month, stories this month will pertain to racial issues in the American Football League.  The post for this week contains part of an interview

that I conducted in 1998, with Chargers and Bengals offensive tackle, Ernie Wright.  Wright was an original Charger, joining the club in Los Angeles in 1960.  He moved with the team to San Diego, where he was a fixture on the offensive line for the next several years.  Wright was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1968 AFL Expansion Draft, and played four seasons in his native Ohio, before coming back to the Chargers for his final season in 1972.  Wright was a three-time AFL All-Star, and one of only 20 men to play in all 10 seasons of the AFL.  He was successful in his post-football life, first as a sports agent, and then in operating a series of detention centers for people convicted of misdemeanors.  Ernie Wright passed away on March 21, 2007, after a battle with cancer.  read more