Jason Wright just made history in an incredible way.
The Washington Football Team hired Wright, 38, as its new team president. Wright is the first Black team president in NFL history.
Who is Wright, and what do fans of the Washington Football Team need to know about their new president. We have the answers.
Jason Wright is the Washington Football Team’s newest president
At only 38 years old, Jason Wright is the youngest team president in NFL history.
Age didn’t matter during the hiring process, though. In a press release, Washington owner Dan Snyder said Wright has a “proven track record in helping businesses transform culturally, operationally and financially.”
Snyder said Wright’s character also made him the right choice.
“He is a proactive and assertive advocate for inclusion of all people and will set new standards for our organization, and for the league. There could not be a better duo than Jason Wright and Coach Ron Rivera as we usher in a new era for Washington Football.”
Wright spent recent years working at McKinsey & Company, a global strategy and management consulting firm in Washington, D.C. He was later named partner in the Operations Practice.
Who is Jason Wright?
Before joining an NFL front office was ever a possibility, Wright was a star running back at Northwestern.
Wright finished his college career in 2003 with 2,625 yards and 32 touchdowns on 5.4 yards per carry. He also caught 54 passes for 577 yards and two touchdowns.
Wright nonetheless went undrafted and signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2004, a year before the 49ers added the immortal Frank Gore. Wright’s most notable highlight in the four-plus months he spent with the 49ers was when future WWE superstar Brock Lesnar, then with the Vikings, tackled him.
A few months after the 49ers cut him, Wright debuted with the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 18, 2004. He joined the Cleveland Browns in September 2005 and spent the next four seasons there.
The 5-foot-10, 212-pound Wright totaled 578 yards and two touchdowns on 3.7 yards per carry in 48 games with the Browns. Wright did most of that damage in 2007, when he recorded a career-high 277 yards on 4.6 yards per rush in 16 games.
Wright closed his career with the Arizona Cardinals, where he mostly played special teams from 2009-10. Arizona also used Wright as a pass-catching back who caught 17 passes and two touchdowns in 31 games.
Wright served as the Cardinals’ captain and labor rep during the 2011 NFL lockout.
What does Wright bring to the Washington Football Team?
Officially, Jason Wright’s duties include “running Washington’s business affairs include the operations, finance, sales and marketing departments,” according to the press release.
Unofficially — and Wright acknowledged as much — he’s coming in at a major time for the Washington franchise. Within the last two months, Washington ditched the ‘Redskins’ name and dealt with the fallout of a sexual harassment scandal.
In the press release, Wright said he wants Washington to “set new standards for the NFL.”
“I believe in Dan Snyder’s vision for this organization, and I am looking forward to partnering with Coach Rivera, who is a champion for the players and one of the great minds in football. Together, we will define the future of the Washington Football Team.”
Washington said Wright will only handle the “business aspects,” while Rivera will “maintain control over all on-field, football decisions.”