Jason Wright makes history as the first Black president of an NFL team.
Monday on Twitter, the Washington Football Team announced that Wright — a former football star who has played for teams such as the San Francisco 49ers, the Atlanta Falcons, the Cleveland Browns, and the Arizona Cardinals — has been appointed team president.
We are happy to announce that we have appointed Jason Wright as Team President. pic.twitter.com/nIoUvoKON9— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 17, 2020
Aside from being the NFL’s first ever Black team president, the 38-year-old is also currently the youngest team president in the league and the fourth former NFL player to become president of a team.
While speaking to ESPN on Monday, Wright — who holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business — said it is “a huge moment” to have a position where he can combine his experiences with both football and business.
“It’s a huge moment to bring those two worlds together,” he said. “What other job would they come together at such a unique time for an organization at the point our team is? I’m just happy I landed in this role at that time. There are other reasons it’s historic, but that’s a by-product of me being the right and qualified candidate at this time. All of that is just icing on the cake.”
“The fact that I happen to be Black and the most qualified person for this is a boost,” Wright added to “Good Morning America” on Monday.
Per the team, Wright responsibilities will entail leading the organization’s business divisions, including operations, finance, sales, and marketing.
Wright’s hiring comes amid a tumultuous time in the Washington team’s history.
Last month, the organization — formerly known as the Washington Redskins — announced they were changing its name to the Washington Football Team, a moniker that will remain in place “pending adoption of a new team name.”
Earlier that month, the Washington Post published a bombshell report in which 15 former female employees and two journalists accused team staffers of sexual harassment and verbal abuse.
The team told CNN last month that they launched an internal investigation.
While speaking to “GMA,” Wright touched upon these controversies, and said the team will undergo “a culture transformation.”
“It’s a culture transformation first to make sure that we have an organization that people want to be a part of and that itself will start to expand the value of the franchise and make the good things happen,” he said.
He added in a 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.”