- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan will be featured in Sunday night’s edition of “60 Minutes.”
From the team's news release on the show:
“Khan, owner of Illinois-based automotive parts supplier Flex-N-Gate Corporation, was approved in December 2011 as the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Life hasn’t been the same since for Khan, whose zest for American football, business and life has captured the imagination of Jacksonville and followers of the NFL throughout the world.
“Correspondent Byron Pitts and his 60 Minutes team (led by producer Clem Taylor and associate producer Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson) spent days with Khan on numerous occasions throughout 2012 in an exclusive effort to bring to life this unlikely and inspirational story, which at times has been marked equally by adversity and triumph. High¬lights of the reporting by 60 Minutes include:
Khan’s first visit back as an NFL owner to his native land of Lahore, Pakistan, where he visits his mom and brother in the same family home of his childhood, as well as the local cricket stadium and various other locales of significance.
Time spent in Champaign-Urbana, the Illinois community that is home to Khan’s beloved University of Illinois and the world headquarters of Flex-N-Gate, the 14th largest North American automotive supplier which employs nearly 13,000 people at 48 manufacturing and nine product development and engineering facilities throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, Argentina and Spain.
Khan with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and local leaders on the day the Jaguars announced a commitment to play four home games in London starting next season to grow the profile of the team and the Jacksonville business and tourism communities.
Khan’s milestone first regular season home game as an NFL owner, with footage of meet-and-greets with tailgating fans and guests in his suite during the game.
I hope the piece lends up some insight into how Khan is likely to react to a season that looks to be heading towards hopeless, and had a lot of us wondering if a complete blowup of the the franchise is ahead.