Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/13/13
Believe it or not, the biggest rock star on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster is really, the team’s owner itself, Shad Khan.Everyone in Duval County knows it.While the franchise can boast a player like Maurice Jones-Drew, who is a mega star, and rising stars in Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts, Khan is still, “The Man.”During rookie training camp, OTAs and even the mandatory mini camp that he stood on the sidelines for, everyone wanted to talk to Khan. As he stood amongst the masses and took pictures with fans, signed autographs and smiled that billion-dollar smile, it could have been a red-carpet pre show somewhere in New York or South Beach.Khan was on the scene and everyone wanted to see what Khan was doing.This is the second year of Khan’s rebuilding process. This is the second coach he has dealt with (Mike Mularkey was the first) in the same amount of time. With a new coach in Gus Bradley, and a new belief in success, there is a culture that everyone picks up on, much like a rock star."You know, I think this is the season really to dream", he said in a story that appeared in Forbes Magazine. “I’ve been in the league for a year, and I’ve got to tell you it was quite a liberating experience what happened last year."If it was liberating and proved to teach Khan a valuable lesson, then the struggles of the franchise were well worth it.“When I got there, there were two sides, business and football. Business I understand. It was pretty obvious to me what we had to do. But the football side was like the Holy Grail,” he added in the publication piece.“They had the ‘secret recipe’ here and the self-analysis of the team was that we were pretty good, that we were just a little bit away from the playoffs and if we just get some free agents signed up, we’ll be in great shape. That’s why we ended up with the fourth-highest cash payroll last year.”This year, Khan and his staff, which includes a new general manager in David Caldwell, and his son, Tony, who helps in the team’s day to day operation.But for the fans, they are more interested in the man who will sits amongst them, who appears that he wants to be a friend, a fan and someone they can identify with. He is not the Jerry Jones or Daniel Snyder of the city. He is laid back with a sense of exactly what this community needs.That is all you can ask from a man who looks the part and acts the part as owner. And is the rock star we all want to be like.
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