New England Patriots Chairman & CEO Robert Kraft issued the following statement on the passing of Paul Allen.
"Paul Allen was a brilliant businessman who was driven by a deep passion for his work and a desire for excellence, which is evident in his myriad of business and philanthropic endeavors. With both the Seahawks and the Sounders, he built a foundation for success that helped inspire two of the greatest fan bases in their respective leagues. While our teams did not play often, I very much enjoyed the time I did share with Paul, for his understated and unassuming nature, kindness and wisdom always impressed me. The NFL and the MLS are better for having Paul Allen involved, and so are countless others who have been touched by his brilliance and his compassion. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family, as well as the entire Seahawks and Sounders organizations, and all who mourn his loss today."
- Robert Kraft