GOOD SPORTS: NFL’S FIRST MINORITY OWNER
Shahid Khan, an Illinois businessman who owns an automobile parts company, paid a reported $760 million to buy the Jacksonville Jaguars, becoming the first owner in National Football League history to sport a handlebar mustache.
The 61-year-old Pakistani-American came to America when he was 16, earned an engineering degree from the University of Illinois and fell in love with American football and a blonde named Ann Carlson. Over the years, Khan and his wife have given millions to their alma mater, including a $10 million donation for the Khan Annex to Huff Hall, which houses the university’s College of Applied Health Sciences. “One of the great joys of my life is making money,” Khan said at the September dedication ceremony for the annex. “ … What makes it even better is to use it to make a difference.”
Fans of the Jaguars can only hope that the new owner makes a difference to the team’s abysmal win-loss record and that the defense stops being as generous as he is.
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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