Ever since Shad Khan purchased the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, he's been a force of change with the franchise and community.
He's invested his own money in One Spark, the city's entrepreneurial festival, there is a direct link between his Jaguars and the growth of numerous small businesses, he's putting his own money into the team's facilities, he personally staked $20 million into stadium renovations which included the largest scoreboards in the world, and much, much more.
But recently, Bloguin.com's Sean Tomlinson ranked Shad Khan as the most likeable owner in the NFL.
The criteria was simple: Do they run a respectable operation, and would you want to grab a drink with them? Tomlinson believes Khan does both better than anyone.
How did he get rich: Truck bumpers. Well, sort of. Khan started Bumper Works, which is exactly what it sounds like: a company that makes bumpers. Then he bought Flex-N-Gate, an automotive manufacturing company, and paired it with Bumper Works. When the company grew enough to supply bumpers to America’s three main automakers, Khan was a happy mustachioed man.
Why to like him: Seriously, that mustache…
Why not to like him: He almost fed the Tebowmania machine, flirting with a trade that would have brought the former messiah from Denver to Jacksonville.
Again, it's a subjective poll, but it's indicative of Khan's rising influence in national media circles, as well as the optimism people have for the Jaguars.
And at the very least, it's a great reminder we don't have Dan Snyder as our owner.