RTC: Shad Khan has humble roots

July, 15, 2014
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Long before Shad Khan owned the Jacksonville Jaguars, he was a dishwasher, pizza deliveryman and a door-to-door salesman.

All of those jobs, which Khan held as a teenager after emigrating from Pakistan at 16, played a role in forming him into the billionaire he is today, writes Michael Osacky of Parade magazine.

"Washing dishes gave me the sense of empowerment and feeling that I control my destiny," Khan said.

During a commencement address to 2013 University of Illinois graduates, Khan said that cold calling was a big part of his success.

"Cold calling is about developing social skills and getting used to rejection," he said. "We are constantly selling something to somebody."

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union writes that the Jaguars' young receivers have a challenging road ahead of them in training camp.

O'Halloran also addresses the issue of whether defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks playing fewer snaps in 2014 is a realistic goal.

Ken Hornack of Fox Sports South writes that the offense has to turn things around for the team to be improved in 2014. He also ranks the top 10 Jaguars players heading into the season.

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ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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