The Washington Football Team has named Jason Wright as its president, the first time an NFL team has named a Black man as its president.
The 38-year-old, who was once a running back in the league, will also be the youngest team president and the fourth former NFL player to take on a team presidency. He has been working as a partner at the Washington, D.C., consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
Wright downplayed the history-making news during a interview Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“I think first and foremost it’s obviously very personal for me,” Wright told “Good Morning America.” “[I] played a decent amount of time in the league and then became a businessman and cut my teeth in some of the best business schools. I have been helping some of the most complex and important organizations around the world transform over the last few years, so for me it’s personal and an opportunity to bring together my two worlds in a really unique way, at a unique time.”
“The fact that I happen to be Black and the most qualified person for this is a boost,” he added.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 17, 2020
Wright spent seven years as a running back in the league, signing with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent. He also spent time as a player with the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals.
The announcement comes shortly after Washington’s NFL team announced it would change its name after years of resisting calls from Native American activists as well as corporate sponsors to do so. The team will use “Washington Football Team” as a placeholder until it decides on a permanent name.
“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,” Wright said in a statement.