Following Seattle’s 43-8 win over Denver, Seahawks players and coaches celebrated at a post-game party that featured musical performances from both Allen, the team’s owner, and Grammy Award-winning Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and an avid guitar player, was up on stage with his latest band, “the Underthinkers.” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was impressed, noting this morning that “Paul was hot last night, he was tearing it up — big licks.”
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) February 3, 2014
Macklemore, a lifelong Seahawks fan, also performed at the party:
Allen, who bought the Seahawks in 1997 and essentially saved the team from relocation, said after the game that he’s looking forward to returning to Seattle and celebrating with the fans.
“To be able to bring the NFL trophy back as someone who was born and grew up in Seattle is just an amazing feeling,” Allen said in the locker room after the Super Bowl win.
Allen also got a shout-out from the official Seahawks Twitter account right after the game.
Life as a sports owner is pretty good right now for Allen. His NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers, has surprised nearly everyone this year with its excellent play and currently has one of the league’s best records nearly halfway through the pro hoops season. It was Allen who helped orchestrate a number of Trail Blazers personnel moves — just like he did with the current Seahawks team — that have looked pretty darn impressive thus far.
And to complete Allen’s on-fire sports ownership success, there’s also the Seattle Sounders. Allen is a co-owner of the professional soccer team, which is arguably the most valuable organization in the MLS.
But winning a Super Bowl has to be Allen’s most impressive accomplishment in his 25 years of owning sports franchises, as it’s his first championship ever. His decision to buy the Seahawks 16 years ago is looking like an excellent decision — after all, from a purely financial standpoint, Allen’s investment in the Seahawks is turning out to be more profitable than his ownership of Microsoft.
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) February 3, 2014