Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen passed away on Monday at just 65 years of age after his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had returned. Allen was the co-founder of Microsoft more than 40 years ago, and eventually became the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers, and co-owner of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders.
For Seahawks fans, he was the savior of the franchise, as his $200 million purchase of the team in 1996 prevented the Seahawks from moving to Southern California, as Ken Behring had already planned. The city has since been treated to three Super Bowl appearances, a Super Bowl win, and 12 playoff berths under Allen’s ownership.
Seahawks players (past and present) and head coach Pete Carroll are among those mourning the loss of Mr. Allen. You can read a compilation of reactions and tributes from them in the tweets below.
RIP to the man in charge of it all, Mr. Paul Allen. I hope we sent you out with high praises with our victory yesterday in London. You with the most high now, no more pain required.— Frank Clark (@TheRealFrankC_) October 15, 2018
Rip Mr Paul Allen I sincerely thank you for all your sacrifices and hard work. You changed countless lives and it’s greatly appreciated!— Bradley McDougald (@BabyLead) October 15, 2018
RIP Paul Allen. Gone way too soon. Thank you so much for your many contributions to society and to the sports world pic.twitter.com/7ITQuHpAMT— Duane Brown (@DuaneBrown76) October 15, 2018
Prayers to the Allen family. Your legacy shell live on. Fly high Mr Allen— Branden Jackson (@BJack9TTU) October 15, 2018
Rest In Peace Paul Allen. Thank you for everything! You will be missed. My prayers go to the entire Allen family.— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) October 15, 2018
Rest Easy @PaulGAllen Praying 4 you & your family. Appreciate everything that you did— Bobby Wagner (@Bwagz) October 15, 2018
Deeply saddened by the passing of @PaulGAllen. I’ll miss him greatly. His gracious leadership and tremendous inspiration will never be forgotten.— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) October 15, 2018
The world is a better place because of Paul’s passion, commitment, and selflessness. His legacy will live on forever.
Prayers for Paul Allen and the Allen family— Ethan Pocic (@EthanPocic) October 15, 2018
Thank you for being you, @PaulGAllen. Grateful I had the chance to know you.— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) October 15, 2018
RIP to the much beloved Paul Allen. It was an honor to play for him. He saved the city and the team after purchasing and vowed never to leave Seattle. I have always admired his humility, those that have been around him know this trait of his very well. #RIP— Isaiah Kacyvenski (@isaiahkaz) October 15, 2018
Sad to get this news today...RIP https://t.co/wPyRpUXupn— Robbie Tobeck (@RobbieTobeck) October 15, 2018
So sad to hear about the passing of @Seahawks owner Paul Allen. In my 4 years in Sea he treated me, my teammates & the coaches w/great honor & respect. The Hawks treat their players as well or better than any organization because of him. My prayers go out to his family.— Trent Dilfer (@DilfersDimes) October 15, 2018
I will be always thankful for @PaulGAllen’s generosity and his kind heart. He was a genius, and genuine person, who cared about humanity all over the world and it was an honor to be able to learn from and be around such a great leader. https://t.co/wJPg5b2xnw— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) October 15, 2018
So sad to hear about the passing of @PaulGAllen he impacted my life, the Pacific Northwest, and the entire world in such a powerful way. Thank you Paul for all you did for our global community.— Clint Gresham (@Gresh49) October 15, 2018
My statement on one of the greatest persons I have ever had a chance to be around.— WALTER JONES (@BigWalt71) October 15, 2018
RIP, Paul Allen.
Thank you for all you did for my family and my kids. pic.twitter.com/T2wF5pYUh6
We have lost a friend and a giant. Mr. Allen, thank you for your extraordinary vision, your abundant generosity and for believing in all of us. By your example, you made us all better, kinder. May you Rest In Peace. Go Hawks! pic.twitter.com/qcRUt3ko6j— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) October 16, 2018