Popular Jackson Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan Says Anti-Muslim Comments Made Him More Determined on '60 Minutes'

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October 25th, 2012

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60 MINUTES Traces the Story of a Pakistani Immigrant’s Rise to the Top


In a 60 MINUTES profile, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is seen in the parking lot of his team’s stadium surrounded by well-wishers. Presumably, these fans of the popular Jaguars’ owner were not the ones who spouted anti-Muslim epithets on the Internet when they learned the Pakistan-born billionaire was buying their football team. Khan tells Byron Pitts that such prejudice only made him more determined, and denies rumors that it caused the former owner to offer him an escape from the deal.  Pitts’ report on Khan’s remarkable immigrant’s journey to the top of American business will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Oct. 28 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.


Some Internet posts seen around the time Khan bought the team referred to the Jaguars’ new owner as a “sand monkey” and a “terrorist from Pakistan.”  Khan, in the U.S. since 1967 when he came here to attend college, says he’s heard it before. “[I reacted] the way I reacted most of my life, which is it’s not really my problem. It’s their problem,” he tells Pitts. “It was not Jacksonville’s finest moment.”


Asked by Pitts if it was true whether former owner Wayne Weaver, embarrassed by the comments, had offered to let him out of the deal, Khan replies, “I wouldn’t characterize it that way. I think he was surprised. And he wanted to just make sure that, you know, it wasn’t giving me pause.”  Did it?  “None whatsoever,” says Khan.  “As a matter of fact, if it was possible for me to be more determined, it… gave me more determination.”  Watch an excerpt.


Khan made a fortune in auto parts, particularly a one-piece truck bumper he helped design and then went on to develop to phenomenal success. Today, two-thirds of all cars and trucks sold in the U.S. contain at least one part made by Khan’s company, Flex-N-Gate. It was the American Dream realized by a 16-year-old who came to the U.S. for college with $500 to his name and worked his way up to the Forbes List of the 400 richest Americans.


He expresses little nostalgia for his native Pakistan, which he says does not offer the same opportunities as the U.S. “See how hard things are? You know, power’s going out, it’s 108 degrees. It’s tough,” he tells Pitts on a visit back to his old neighborhood in Lahore.   “I think the biggest impediment here is that hope – and you know, getting to the next stage – it doesn’t matter how hard you work, there are forces that kind of prevent you from being the best you can be.”


  • Anti-Muslim is Anti-Evil

    Good thing he didn’t buy a women’s team, it would be hard to play wearing the burqa.

    The way Muslims treat women and girls in his home country is revolting. Islam shouldn’t get a free pass just because it’s a “religion”. He is lucky any western country allows people like him in their country.

  • kidding

    @Anti-Muslim is Anti-Evil

    People like you often forget people like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock.

  • kidding

    I find it rather ironic that Christian fundamentalists who condemn women for having their pregnancies terminated after being abused do not find any similarities between themselves and the Taliban…

  • curt

    Christians do not condemn women but rather condemn the practice of slaughtering babies. We do not condone abusing women either. Christians do not promote the killing of anyone as do Muslims with their war on Christians. Before you say they do not approve of killing Christians you must to know it is written in the Koran and Christians are being killed daily in many Muslim Countries. The media does not report the Killings of Christians but beheading is common every day. Muslims attacked us on 9/11 lest anyone forget.

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