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Former Falcons RB Jason Wright hired by Washington, becomes first Black president of an NFL team

A former Falcons’ player makes NFL history

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The Washington Football Team has been the subject of a lot of negative news this offseason. Some positive news however had occurred within the organization, from hiring well-respected head coach Ron Rivera to changing their team’s nickname.

The latest positive news is that Washington has hired former Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Wright as team president. Wright not only becomes the youngest team president in the NFL, but also is the first black president in NFL history. Wright is expected to run the organization’s business operations while Rivera manages football decisions.

“If I could custom design a leader for this important time in our history, it would be Jason. His experience as a former player, coupled with his business acumen, gives him a perspective that is unrivaled in the league,” owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “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. There could not be a better duo than Jason Wright and Coach Ron Rivera as we usher in a new era for Washington Football.”

Wright was signed to the Falcons practice squad in 2004 after spending time with the San Francisco 49ers during the 2004 preseason. After being waived and then re-signed to the practice squad, Wright was elevated to the Falcons’ active roster on December 14, 2004 and made his official NFL debut against the Carolina Panthers four days later. In the final two games of the 2004 season, Wright had three total rushes for ten yards. A majority of his NFL career would then be spent with the Cleveland Browns.