Jason Wright (American football)

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Jason Wright
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Wright in 2020
Washington Football Team
Position:Team president
Personal information
Born: (1982-07-12) July 12, 1982 (age 38)
Upland, California
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Diamond Bar
College:Northwestern
Undrafted:2004
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As executive:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Carries:168
Rushing yards:633
Rushing touchdowns:2
Receptions:72
Receiving yards:581
Receiving touchdowns:3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Jason Gomillion Wright (born July 12, 1982) is an American businessman who is the president of the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL). Born and raised in the Greater Los Angeles area, he attended Northwestern University and played running back for their football team in the early 2000s. He then played seven years in the NFL, originally signing as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in 2004 before having stints with the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, and Arizona Cardinals.

In 2011, Wright retired from the NFL and enrolled at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree in operations and finance two years later. He then worked for the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company until being named president of the Washington Football Team in 2020, making him the first black president of an NFL team.

Early life and college[edit]

Jason Gomillion Wright was born on July 12, 1982, in Upland, California to Sam and Susan Wright.[1] He attended Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California, where he lettered in football and track.[2] He then enrolled at Northwestern University in 2000 and played for the Northwestern Wildcats football team, originally as a wide receiver before switching to running back.[3] He finished his college career with 32 touchdowns on 487 carries and 577 yards and two touchdowns on 54 receptions. He also returned 31 kickoffs for 828 yards and a touchdown, and was the co-MVP of the 2003 Motor City Bowl. He left as the school's fourth all-time leading rusher with 2,625 yards, the third all-time all-purpose yards leader with 4,030 yards, and the fourth all-time leading scorer with 210 points.

Wright graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology while taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).[4] He was also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and president of the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, being named the recipient of the Bobby Bowden Award by the latter in 2003.[5][6][7]

NFL career[edit]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Wright was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent on April 26, 2004. In the preseason, Wright was run down and tackled by Brock Lesnar, better known for his wrestling career. He was released as a part of the team's roster cuts to get down to 53 for the regular season.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons and signed to its practice squad on September 7, 2004, before being elevated to the active roster on December 14, 2004, where he made his NFL debut that week in a game against the Carolina Panthers. He was waived on September 3, 2005.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

He was signed by the Cleveland Browns on September 13, 2005. He was assigned to the practice squad a few times before he saw his first playing time for the team when he had eight carries for nineteen yards and a touchdown in a game against the Tennessee Titans. Wright became the team's starting running back after Reuben Droughns was injured midway through the 2006 NFL season, only to be put on injured reserve himself that December following an injury. On February 20, 2007, he signed a contract extension with the team through the 2008 NFL season.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Wright signed a two-year, US$2 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals on March 16, 2009.[8] He served as a captain and the team's NFLPA representative during the 2011 NFL lockout. A free agent entering the 2011 season, the Cardinals attempted to persuade him to renew his contract before he decided to retire in July 2011.[9][10]

Business career[edit]

Wright attended the University of Chicago Booth School of Business following his playing career and graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree in operations and finance in 2013.[11][12] Later that year, he then became a partner for the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he advised companies on diversity inclusion and organizational culture.[13] He also served as a trustee for the Union Theological Seminary in New York.[14]

Washington Football Team[edit]

Wright was named team president of the Washington Football Team in August 2020, where he leads the organization's business operations, financing, and marketing strategies.[13] The move made him the first black president of an NFL team, as well as the youngest active one at the time of his hiring.[12] Additionally, he is only the fourth former player to be an NFL team president.[13]

Personal life[edit]

A relative on his mother's side, Charles Gomillion, was a professor at Tuskegee University who was a part of the landmark 1960 US Supreme Court case regarding voting rights, Gomillion v. Lightfoot.[15] Wright was given the middle name of Gomillion in honor of him.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillips, Michael. "Jason Wright's journey to being an NFL team president is inspiring. Can he succeed where others have failed in Washington?". Richmond.com. Archived from the original on September 4, 2020. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  2. ^ "Jason Wright – Football bio". nusports.cstv.com. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Belson, Ken. "Washington Hires Former Player as N.F.L.'s First Black Team President". New York Times. Archived from the original on August 24, 2020. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  4. ^ Schmitt, Jeff. "Chicago Booth MBA Makes History In NFL Hire". Peots & Quants. Archived from the original on September 4, 2020. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  5. ^ Ackerman, Jon. "Washington's Jason Wright follows Christ as he becomes NFL's first Black team president". SportsSpectrum.com. Archived from the original on September 4, 2020. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "Alpha Phi Alpha's Jason Wright Just Became the First Black President of an NFL Team". WatchTheYard.com. Archived from the original on September 4, 2020. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "Rudolph Wins Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Bobby Bowden Award". okstate.com. Archived from the original on September 4, 2020. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  8. ^ Cardinals Agree to Terms With Wright Archived October 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine SI.com, March 16, 2009
  9. ^ La Canfora, Jason (August 19, 2020). "Washington hires Jason Wright: 'Truly special,' 'an extraordinary person' and more from those in the know". CBS Sports. Archived from the original on September 4, 2020. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  10. ^ Somers, Kent. "Former Arizona Cardinals running back Jason Wright retires". azcentral.com. Arizona Republic. Archived from the original on September 4, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  11. ^ Sotiropoulos, Alexander. "From field to Booth, former Arizona Cardinal takes on next challenge". The Chicago Maroon. Archived from the original on May 14, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Washington Football Team Appoints Jason Wright as President". WashingtonFootball.com. August 17, 2020. Archived from the original on August 18, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c Keim, John (August 17, 2020). "Washington hires Jason Wright as NFL's first Black president". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on August 17, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  14. ^ Ackerman, Jon. "Washington's Jason Wright follows Christ as he becomes NFL's first Black team president". SportsSpectrum.com. Archived from the original on September 4, 2020. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  15. ^ Carpenter, Les. "Jason Wright has helped save big corporations. Next up: The Washington Football Team". Washington Post. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  16. ^ Carpenter, Les. "Washington hires Jason Wright, making him the first Black president of an NFL team". Washington Post. Retrieved September 5, 2020.

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