Washington Hires Jason Wright as NFL’s First Black Team President

Arizona Cardinals running back Jason Wright, center, talks to the media on Capitol Hill in on Jan. 19, 2011.
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Jason Wright knows he’s expected to be an outsider as he becomes the NFL’s first Black — and youngest — team president.

The 38-year-old former running back is making history for the league with its record of white-only team leaders. Wright is also expected to help turn things around for the Washington Football Team as it attempts to claw out of a series of dire crises, including breaking a long losing streak, overcoming scathing allegations of sexual harassment, and an overall perception of a toxic atmosphere.

“Hopefully, having not grown up in [Washington’s] front office allows me to bring some catalytic thinking,” Wright told The Washington Post, whose predecessor was Bruce Allen who held the position for 10 years.

Allen’s father coached the Washington team among several others.

Wright added: “It’s the same reason organizations bring in people externally — to push the thinking, to have new, creative ways of thinking about things [and] maybe be a bit disruptive.”

Despite Wright’s years of experience on the field — he spent seven years split among the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals — Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder wants him to apply his expertise on the business side.

Wright will be “responsible for leading the organization’s business divisions, including operations, finance, sales, and marketing,” according to a statement from the team.

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SOURCE: NPR, Vanessa Romo