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SBD/February 3, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Seahawks Owner Paul Allen Slow To Embrace Spotlight Amid Team's Success
Published February 3, 2014
HE CAN GET SOME SATISFACTION: Allen appeared on PBS' "The Charlie Rose Show" Friday and said the "satisfaction" he gets from the team's success "comes on a number of different levels." Allen: "One is just seeing how the community responds to the team and enjoys seeing the team victorious. ... Especially in smaller markets, I think that comes to the fore in a pretty unique way, in Seattle with the '12th Man.'" Allen said there also is satisfaction in seeing the players and coaches succeed. He said he might try to "make a good suggestion here or there" to the coaching staff, but added he is "not quite as obsessional as I used to be." Allen: "In the early days, I'd try to memorize the statistics of every NBA player, but I'm not quite that bad anymore." Allen raised the "12th Man" banner for the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers, and he said, "I don’t do many things like that, so for me to hear from the fans that they really appreciate what I try to do with the team and they're excitement level, that's just a tremendous moment as a sports owner" ("Charlie Rose," PBS, 1/31).
HUMBLE IN SUCCESS: In Green Bay, Mike Vandermause profiled Seahawks Exec VP & GM JOHN SCHNEIDER and wrote, "There’s a common theme among friends, family members, former teachers, coaches and colleagues when talking about Schneider: He is extremely driven, but at the same time humble and unspoiled by success." In the "highly competitive and sometimes cutthroat NFL world, Schneider has emerged as one of the most popular and respected" GMs. Chiefs GM JOHN DORSEY said, "John’s so lovable, I mean I love him, I do." He added, "I love being around him. He put a smile on your face. He makes you think. He’s very respectful" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 2/2).