Shad Khan talks hope on '60 Minutes'

October, 29, 2012
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Sunday’s “60 Minutes” piece on Shad Khan didn’t tell us much about his plan for the Jaguars going forward.

But it did set the stage.

We’ve seen the Jacksonville Jaguars owner as a determined, self-made guy. This piece served to illustrate it further.

He sees his chance to buy the Jaguars as fate, destiny, kismet, the same way his opportunity to attend the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign arrived when he was a young student coming to America from Pakistan.

We hear about his “engaging personality” and his “unflagging optimism” and we see him in the summer and early in the season as “the face of the franchise” and “a phenomenon” who’s selling hope.

He loved going to cricket matches in Lahore, Pakistan, where he is proud to have always found a way in late, never having paid for a ticket. (He needs people buying tickets to get in his stadium now.)

He’s big on hope. It’s why he wasn’t particularly nostalgic as the "60 Minutes" crew joined him on a trip home.

He talked about how tough things are there, where his mom and brother remain and how the biggest impediment is hope.

“It doesn’t matter how hard you work, there are forces that prevent you from being the best you can be,” he said.

Bad NFL teams sell hope annually, the hope that things will get better and this will be their year.

It’s not happening for the 1-6 Jaguars so far this season. Khan is still new at this. How he alters the team’s course may be the biggest story its fans have to follow, and their biggest cause for any optimism.

There’s my takeaway. Here’s the piece if you’ve not see it.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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