(CNN)For the first time in league history, an NFL team has a Black president.
On Monday the Washington football organization welcomed Jason Wright, a 38-year-old former NFL running back, to a role “responsible for leading the organization’s business divisions, including operations, finance, sales, and marketing,” according to a new release from the franchise.
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 Wright spent seven years — from 2004 to 2011 — in the backfield for four teams: the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals. Following his retirement as a player, the former Northwestern Wildcat went on to earn his MBA from the University of Chicago.”If I could custom design a leader for this important time in our history, it would be Jason,” said Washington team owner Daniel Synder. “His experience as a former player, coupled with his business acumen, gives him a perspective that is unrivaled in the league.”Last month the Washington football franchise announced the retirement of the Redskins team name, a decision that followed what the organization called a “thorough review” that came “in light of events in the country and feedback from our community.” In May, the killing of George Floyd — an unarmed Black man — set off a national response, resulting in coast to coast protests and a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. Three months later, the football team from Washington is without its oft-criticized, racially insensitive moniker, and with a Black president for the first time ever.Read More”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 of his appointment.At 38, Wright is the youngest team president in NFL history, and only the fourth former player to assume the role. A year ago, Washington finished 3-13, with an 0-6 record in the NFC East, and missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.