Sporting a Sun Devil golf shirt certainly seems odd for a Wildcat, as anyone who knows anything about this state understands, but Jason Wright has good reason. To begin with, the running back isn’t a local Wildcat – he attended Northwestern, not the University of Arizona.
Secondly, it’s his job.
Most days, Wright shows up at the Cardinals’ Tempe facility early – 7-ish – so he can get in his offseason workout day before he heads for a 9-to-5. The internship is at Arizona State, working with the Sun Devil Club – the fund that pays for scholarships and other costs for athletes. His compensation? Experience, because there is no paycheck. “Straight free,” Wright said with a grin.
His tenure runs through June, basically up until the end of the Cardinals’ workouts, so Wright can have some downtime before training camp. But he felt he needed to explore some post-football possibilities. “It’s made me realize the real world is not as green as you think it is,” Wright said. “This football gig is a pretty good gig. It’s been a good eye opener. It helps to make life post-football not be such a big mystery.”
Wright has considered attending an NFL program at a high-brow business school – like the Harvard course teammate Calais Campbell took part in last summer – but he is definitely trying to set himself up for the future. Wright said former Browns teammate Jamal Lewis used to joke all the time he didn’t care if he was cut because he was making more money outside of football, and Wright acknowledged, “that’s the place you want to be.”
“Unless you are making Larry (Fitzgerald) or Kurt (Warner) money, you don’t make enough money where you can just sit on it and collect interest the rest of your life,” Wright said, adding with a laugh that having “NFL” on the resume is a huge boost. “Whether it’s true or not, they think the NFL means you’ve got work ethic and all this stuff.”
Even if it means going from Wildcat to Sun Devil.
“I wanted to go to Stanford coming out of high school and they didn’t want me,” Wright said. “Cal didn’t want me. So I’ll take ASU.”
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