|Born:||July 12, 1982|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||212 lb (96 kg)|
|High school:||Diamond Bar (Diamond Bar, California)|
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Jason Gomillion Wright (born July 12, 1982) is an American business consultant who is the president of the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL). He was born in the Greater Los Angeles area and attended Northwestern University in the early 2000s, where he played running back for their football team and earned a degree in psychology.
Wright went undrafted following graduation and was briefly a member of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers in 2004 before serving as a backup running back for the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, and Arizona Cardinals. He served as a team captain with Arizona and was also their NFLPA representative during the 2011 NFL lockout before retiring that same year.
Following his playing career, Wright enrolled at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree in operations and finance in 2013. He then worked for the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he advised companies on organizational culture and workplace diversity. Wright left McKinsey in 2020 to become president of the NFL's Washington Commanders, making him the NFL's first black team president.
Jason Gomillion Wright was born to Sam and Susan Wright in Upland, California on July 12, 1982. He attended Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California, where he lettered in football and track. Wright 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 was named co-MVP of the 2003 Motor City Bowl after rushing for 237 yards on 21 carries, and was also named to the 2003 All-Big Ten Conference football team.
Wright finished his 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. He left as Northwestern's fourth all-time leading rusher with 2,625 yards, the third all-purpose yards leader with 4,030 yards, and the fourth leading scorer with 210 points.
Wright graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology while also taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). He was also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and was president of the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, being named the inaugural recipient of the Bobby Bowden Award by the latter in 2003.
Wright was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He was released as a part of the team's final roster cuts prior to the regular season and subsequently signed with the practice squad of the Atlanta Falcons shortly after. He was elevated to the active roster in December 2004 and appeared in two games. He was waived by the Falcons in the 2005 offseason and signed with the Cleveland Browns.
Wright was a reserve running back for the Browns behind Reuben Droughns and Jamal Lewis. He recorded his first career touchdown in a game against the Tennessee Titans in 2005. He played for them over the next three seasons until signing a two-year, US$2 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent in 2009. He served as a team captain and was their NFLPA representative during the 2011 NFL lockout before retiring later that year. He finished his playing career with 168 rushes for 633 yards and 2 touchdowns along with 72 receptions for 581 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Following his playing career, Wright enrolled at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in operations and finance in 2013. Later that year he became a consultant for the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company where he advised companies on organizational culture and workplace diversity. He has also served on the board of trustees for the Union Theological Seminary in New York since 2017.
In August 2020, Wright was hired by the Washington Football Team as their team president to lead their business operations, financing, and marketing strategies. The move made him the first black president of an NFL team in history, as well as the youngest active one at the time of his hiring. Additionally, he is only the fourth former player to be president of an NFL team. Wright helped lead the franchise during their rebranding process to become the Commanders in 2022.
A relative on his mother's side, Charles Gomillion, was a Tuskegee University professor who was a plaintiff in Gomillion v. Lightfoot, a landmark 1960 US Supreme Court case regarding voting rights that later became instrumental in the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Wright was given the middle name of Gomillion in honor of him. His paternal grandfather, Harvey Wright, was also an educator and civil rights activist who started several NAACP chapters in Texas. Wright's sister, Allison, is a public defender in Massachusetts.
Wright was the recipient of the "Best Hire of 2020" award by the Sports Business Journal for his work with the Washington Football Team.