Washington’s NFL team has taken another step towards revamping its frayed image. The franchise hired Jason Wright as its team president. Wright becomes the first black NFL team president in league history. It can be reasoned that Washington’s franchise hired Wright to distance themselves from the team’s previous nickname. However, that is far from the truth.
Wright was a former NFL player with three teams from 2004 to 2010. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, and was a partner at consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Those facets of Wright’s resume transcend his race and qualifies him for Washington’s team president position.
Even if the Wright hiring was racially motivated, it wouldn’t matter in Washington’s case. The franchise is currently devoid of respectability due to its mediocre status. Washington needs something to liven things up and drive the franchise in the right direction.
Wright has an uphill battle facing him. The 2020 season has Washington rebuilding with young players like quarterback Dwayne Haskins, wide receiver Terry McLaurin, and rookie defensive end Chase Young. Further complicating matters is the cancer diagnosis of head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera says the cancer is in its early stages and can be treated in time to not interfere with his coaching duties.
Turning Washington around won’t happen overnight. However, the hiring of Wright as team president shows a commitment from team owner Daniel Snyder to turning around the franchise. Washington’s fans hope the Wright hiring moves the franchise back towards respectability.