Shahid Khan
United States of America

Athletic competition is a universal opportunity to bridge class, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion and language.

The Jacksonville Jaguars need a qualified, bold and seasoned quarterback in order to be competitive in the NFL.

Colin Kaepernick has said experience as an NFL quarterback with a top 30 ranking, a Super Bowl and other playoff appearances, and most recently in 2016, the 6th lowest interception percentage. Additionally, like great players before him (Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, and Steve Young), Kaepernick won the Len Eshmont award last season. This most prestigious team award voted on by San Francisco 49ers players goes to the person that "best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont".

Kaepernick has shown leadership and guts in his exercise of 1st Amendment rights. He brought global attention to police killings of unarmed African Americans, and continues to support youth programs and organizations that fight oppression of all kinds. He has donated $800,000 of a planned $1,000,000 in the last year.

Shahid Kahn, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, exemplifies the American Dream as a Pakistani immigrant to the United States who built a billion dollar business from a small business loan, and went on to gain citizenship. He is the perfect man to sign a quarterback like Colin Kaepernick, and inspire new fans from among Kaepernick's hundred thousands (or millions) of global supporters.

Shahid Khan, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Colin Kaepernick have the potential to be strong allies in the celebration of free speech and civil rights for all people in the United States (and beyond).

Professional sport has the influence, reach, power, and spirit to model our best societal aspirations. Shahid Khan has the opportunity to sign Colin Kaepernick as a courageous leader for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Thus, inspiring a national and global audience primed for unification across cultures and complicated social issues.

We, the undersigned, request that Shahid Khan and the Jacksonville Jaguars sign Colin Kaepernick before the start of the 2017 NFL season.

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The Sign Colin Kaepernick (Support Unification, Civil Rights, & Free Speech) petition to Shahid Khan was written by Jags Kaep and is in the category Justice at GoPetition.