Jason Wright (American football)
Wright in 2020
|Washington Football Team|
|Born:||July 12, 1982|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||212 lb (96 kg)|
|High school:||Diamond Bar|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|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
Jason Gomillion Wright was born on July 12, 1982, in Upland, California to Sam and Susan Wright. He attended Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California, where he lettered in football and track. 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. 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). 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.
San Francisco 49ers
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.
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.
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.
Wright signed a two-year, US$2 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals on March 16, 2009. 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.
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. 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. He also served as a trustee for the Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Washington Football Team
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. 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. Additionally, he is only the fourth former player to be an NFL team president.
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. Wright was given the middle name of Gomillion in honor of him.
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