Everyone is wondering who the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars are. Well, I'm here to save you from a night of googling First of all, his name is Shahid Khan (Or in typical Jacksonvillian fashion, you can just shorten it to Shah Khan). He is not to be confused with singer Chaka Khan or that guy from the Star Trek movie (Be prepared for a lot of Khan puns).
He was born in Pakistan in 1950 and he immigrated to America at the age of 16. He attended college at the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering in 1971. During his college days, he worked at Flex-and-Gate, which supplied automobile parts to companies around the world. He started his own company, called Bumper Works, which made car bumpers and provided body shop repairs. He eventually made enough money to buy his former employer in 1980 and now he has grown the company to the point that it employs over 12,000 employees over 5 countries, including the United States. Like Wayne Weaver said during the press conference, he is a true American story. To start off with virtually nothing as an immigrant, graduate from college, start your own company, and experience massive success is your prototypical American success story.
Before we delve too far into this, I don't think that he'll move the team any time too soon. Wayne Weaver would not sell the team to anyone that isn't committed to keeping the team in Jacksonville and since Mr. Weaver is taking him at his word, I'll do the same. He doesn't seem to be the type of person to just leave as soon as another opportunity arises. Everything I hear about him is that he is a respectable person and his quote is encouraging.
“I am honored to have recently signed an agreement with Wayne Weaver and his partners to purchase the Jacksonville Jaguars, I have known Wayne for some time and have long admired his spirit, which nearly 20 years ago – against all odds – helped make the Jaguars and the National Football League a reality for Jacksonville and North Florida. Wayne’s legacy will be lasting, and I will always be grateful for Wayne’s trust and confidence in my commitment to the Jaguars, the NFL and the people of the Jacksonville community.”
Am I a bit wary? Yes. It's hard to match Wayne Weaver's enthusiasm for football in Jacksonville. With that said, I sure hope that Mr. Khan will stay true to his word and keep this team in Jacksonville and eventually helps the team win Super Bowls in the near future..
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