Former Northwestern RB Jason Wright makes NFL history
The Washington Football Team has hired Jason Wright to be the organization’s next president, in what is an historic hire for the NFL and the franchise.
According to ESPN, Wright becomes the first Black team president in the NFL and is just the fourth former player to ever take on that role. The news broke about the hire on Monday morning.
“This team, at this time, is an ideal opportunity for me,” Wright said in a prepared statement. “The transformation of the Washington Football Team is happening across all aspects of the organization — from football to operations to branding to culture — and will make us a truly modern and aspirational franchise. We want to set new standards for the NFL.”
Per ESPN, Wright’s focus will be more business related. He’ll be involved with operations, finance, sales and marketing.
Wright played college football at Northwestern from 2000-03 and racked up 2,625 yards and 32 touchdowns on the ground, adding 577 yards and two scores as a pass-catcher for the Wildcats over four seasons.
Wright was also a threat on special teams, accounting for 828 yards and a touchdown as a kickoff return man.
Following his career in Evanston, Wright went on to play in the NFL from 2004-10. He spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals.