Seahawks, Trail Blazers owner and Microsoft co-founder passes away

After founding Microsoft with Bill Gates, Paul Allen used his money to invest in his favorite hobby - sports.  He was the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers, which he purchased in 1988, and the Seattle Seahawks, which he had owned since 1997.  Allen, who was a trailblazer in his own right, has passed away at the age of 65.

In 2009, Allen had sought treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer that attacks white blood cells.  He had announced earlier this month that the disease had returned and, this time, he wasn't able to receive effective treatment. 

According to his sister, Jody Allen, "My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend."

Under Allen's ownership, the Seahawks saw one of the most successful eras in the team's history.  It went to the playoffs 12 times, made three appearances in the Super Bowl and beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.  Prior to buying the team, the Seahawks had only made it to the playoffs four times since the team began in 1976.

The Trail Blazers also saw success thanks to Allen.  While it didn't record a title (it has only one, from 1977), it made it to the playoffs several times and had two NBA Finals appearances.  He told The Associated Press when he bought the game, "[F]or a true fan of the game, this is a dream come true.'

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