Nate Wright

Nate Wright

Nate Wright
No. 43
Date of birth (1947-12-21) December 21, 1947
Place of birth Madison, FL
Career information
Position(s) Cornerback
College San Diego State University
Career history
As player
1969 Atlanta Falcons
1969-1970 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)
1971-1980 Minnesota Vikings
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 1
Career stats
  • Playing stats at

Nathaniel Wright played professional American football in the NFL from 1969-1980.

Professional career

Wright earned All-Pro honors at defensive back in 1974 and 1976. His career consisted mostly of time as a defensive back with the great Minnesota Vikings teams of the 1970s. He totaled 34 interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 156 professional games.

College career

He was an All-Conference player from two years at San Diego State University after transferring from Monterey Peninsula College before turning pro.

High school career

He attended high school in Monterey, California.


He was the defensive player who was covering Drew Pearson during the 1975 NFC Playoffs on the infamous Hail Mary pass in the 1975 NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings, played on December 28, 1975. Some observers and Viking players believed that Pearson pushed off on Wright, causing him to fall down and thus allowing Pearson to catch the pass from Roger Staubach and score the winning touchdown. However no penalty was called on Pearson.

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