Washington hires Jason Wright, NFL's first Black team president


The Washington Football Team has hired Jason Wright as team president as the overdue replacement to former executive Bruce Allen.

Wright, 38, played seven NFL seasons as a running back for San Francisco, Atlanta, Cleveland and Arizona (2004-2010). He was a team captain for the Cardinals and labor-union representative during the league's 2011 lockout. Originally an undrafted graduate of Northwestern, Wright went on to earn an MBA  (operations and finance) from the University of Chicago upon retiring from the league.

Wright went on to work at management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he rose to partner in the Operations Practice, "steering some of the world's most influential Chief Human Resources Officers, Chief Financial Officers and Chief Security Officers to transformed environments, modernized operations and increased business value," according to a press release issued by the Washington Football Team. Wright also "spearheaded the Black Economic Institute at McKinsey, where he additionally co-piloted their anti-racism and inclusion strategy."

Wright is now the first Black team president in NFL history and only the fourth former player to serve in such a role in the league. He replaces Allen, who was fired in December after a 3-13 season, and in his role as team president will be responsible for leading the organization's business divisions, including operations, finance, sales and marketing.

Washington notes head coach Ron Rivera will maintain "all on-field responsibilities and football decisions, in reporting directly to team owner, Dan Snyder."

"If I could custom design a leader for this important time in our history, it would be Jason," Washington owner Dan Snyder said in the release. "His experience as a former player, coupled with his business acumen, gives him a perspective that is unrivaled in the league."

"We will not rest until we are a championship caliber team, on and off the field," Snyder continued. "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."