The Jason Wright era is off and running in Washington.
Wright, a former NFL running back, is now the Washington Football Team’s President. With the hire official, Wright has made the media rounds and addressed every question from his optimism to how the franchise will learn from some of its past problems.
In a recent interview with NBC Sports, Wright even acknowledged the Washington Football Team could emulate European soccer teams in one regard. Here’s his thinking.
Jason Wright is the Washington Football Team’s new President
Born in Upland, Calif., Jason Wright is no stranger to the football world.
Wright earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He previously earned a psychology degree from Northwestern.
Wright also played college football at Northwestern in the early 2000s. The 5-foot-10, 212-pound running back ran for 32 touchdowns in four seasons.
Wright played seven NFL seasons, four with the Cleveland Browns. He totaled 633 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the NFL.
A team captain and special teams ace, Wright also caught 72 passes for 581 yards and three touchdowns. Although Wright played his final NFL down in 2010, he played a pivotal role in the 2011 NFL lockout as the Cardinals’ NFLPA representative.
Wright thinks Washington could model European soccer in one way
Among the biggest questions Jason Wright has received since joining Washington is what the franchise will do with its name.
Washington ditched the “Redskins” name in July. The franchise is currently simply known as the Washington Football Team.
Fans around the world have suggested plenty of replacement names, everything from RedTails to the Americans.
In a recent interview on the PFT PM podcast, Wright addressed the team’s name and said he’s open to keeping the Washington Football Team moniker.
“If you actually scroll my Twitter, you’ll see that I’m quite the European football fan in the background. And that’s a perfectly fine name in that world. … But it’s not gonna be my decision, by any means. It’s gonna be a community-based decision and we’ll see where we land.”
Washington will play the 2020 season as the Washington Football Team. It is not yet known if, or when, they will announce a new team and when they’d fully adopt that name.
Could Jason Wright be onto something?
The Washington Football Team is a catchy name that, after initial jokes and memes, has become well-liked in the NFL community.
Jason Wright made it clear that everyone from players to fans will have an input on the team’s name. If the majority of people want the Washington Football Team name to stick, it could very well remain in place.
Wright is correct that the idea of a city or area’s name followed by the sport they play is “perfectly fine.” Many international soccer teams have used that idea for years.
Washington wouldn’t even be the first American sports franchise to adopt that premise. Several MLS teams, including the FC Dallas, New York City FC, and Toronto FC.
Seven total MLS teams — and Sporting Kansas City — are just the city followed by FC or SC.
Washington would certainly break ground if they kept such a simple name in the NFL. But after years of being in the news for the wrong reasons, breaking ground in a positive light might be a good thing for Washington.