It appears to be a match made in football heaven.
An owner who was turned down in his first attempt to purchase an NFL franchise hits the jackpot in his second attempt, slowly building what he hopes to be a winner for years to come.
To say Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is all business would be partially true, but also an understatement.
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In the three years the auto parts tycoon has been involved in the NFL, all with the Jaguars, he has continually shown his love for the city of Jacksonville, the fans and the team itself.
Khan’s vision is one of the reasons the Jaguars are a team on the rise and a franchise that no longer has to deal with the issues of media gossip over a potential move to Los Angeles or even to London as it has been discussed in media circles for some time.
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In a discussion on Tuesday following the announcement that the St; Louis Rams were moving to Los Angeles, Khan was asked if he would at some point move the Jaguars out of Florida, possibly to the Midwest.
"I really believe in fate or destiny, and I believe the Jacksonville Jaguars were my destiny," Khan explained to NFL.com. "I believe, when it's all said and done, it couldn't have worked out better for me ... man, oh man, this was just perfect."
"I believe, when it's all said and done, it couldn't have worked out better for me...man, oh man, this was just perfect."
The story, which appears on NFL.com and written by Conor Orr, talks about Khan’s discussion with Jim Thomas who covers the Rams for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Khan originally wanted to buy the Rams but was bested by Stan Kroenke, who is now moving the team back to Los Angeles. Khan believes the Jaguars are in the best place they can possibly be right now. As a 5-11 franchise, there is reason for optimism in north Florida and Khan’s fingerprints are all over the changes with the organization.
As I wrote in a story earlier in the week for a local radio station here in Jacksonville, while the move from St. Louis is devastating to its fans, Jaguars fans can breathe a sigh of relief that finally the notion of the team moving can be put to bed for good. No one is going anywhere.
Now, it is a wait and see moment for the city of St. Louis and for the Oakland Raiders, for that matter.
What happens to the city and its hope of landing an expansion team in the future remains to be seen. And now that Oakland has been pushed out of the Los Angeles picture, with is the next move for the Davis family?
All the while, Jags fans can finally exhale. This team is going nowhere.
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