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Washington Football Team Tabs Jason Wright as President; 1st Black in League History in Role

The Washington Football Team announced Monday that it has appointed Jason Wright team president, making him the first Black team president in NFL history.

Wright will lead the organization’s business divisions, including operations, finance, sales and marketing, the team announced. He will join head coach Ron Rivera, who maintains all on-field responsibilities and football decisions, in reporting directly to team owner Dan Snyder.

“From football to business school to McKinsey, I have always enjoyed building exciting new things and taking on the hard, seemingly intractable challenges that others may not want to tackle,” Wright said. “I especially love doing this with organizations who have deep history and values that set a firm foundation. This team, at this time, is an ideal opportunity for me.”

Wright spent seven years as a running back in the NFL with stops in San Francisco, Atlanta, Cleveland and Arizona, where he was the Cardinals’ team captain and labor union representative during the league’s 2011 lockout. Upon retirement, he earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, graduating with high honors.

“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. We will not rest until we are a championship-caliber team, on and off the field. 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.”

Rivera concurred.

“I remember Jason as a player, and it is no surprise to me that he went on to achieve the caliber of success that Jason has in his time in the business world,” he said. “From my conversations with his former teammates and coaches plus my own with Jason, I have come to see that we share many of the same core values and beliefs. Because he knows the NFL firsthand and how fast it moves, I am excited to have him on board to head up the front office and operations, so that I can focus on what’s most important to the fans in our community — winning football games.”

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