A historic day for Washington Football
By The Sports Pulse Staff
WASHINGTON – The Washington Football Team announced on Aug. 17 that they have appointed former NFL running back Jason Wright as team president. With the hire, Wright also becomes the first Black president of an NFL team in league history.
Wright will be responsible for leading the franchise’s business divisions, including operations, finance, sales, and marketing. In coordination with Washington Football Head Coach Ron Rivera, Wright will directly report to team owner Dan Snyder.
“If I could custom design a leader for this important time in our history, it would be Jason,” Snyder said. “His experience as a former player, coupled with his business acumen, gives him a perspective that is unrivaled in the league.”
Wright played seven years in the NFL and participated in 80 games for four franchises, including San Francisco, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Arizona. During the lockout in 2011, Wright served as a labor union representative and held a leadership role as a team captain for the Cardinals that season.
After his football playing days, Wright became a partner at the global strategy and management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, located in Washington, D.C. He went on to create the Black Economic Institute there, where he also co-piloted their anti-racism and inclusion strategy.
“We will not rest until we are a championship-caliber team, on and off the field,” Snyder said of Wright. “Jason has a proven track record in helping businesses transform culturally, operationally and financially. 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.”