The Seattle Seahawks announced on Monday that the team will induct late owner Paul Allen into the franchise's Ring of Honor on Thursday night. Allen will become the 12th member of the Ring of Honor. The induction ceremony will begin at 4:50, prior to kickoff between the Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams.
Pete Carroll urged fans to arrive early and make sure they're in their seats prior to showtime.
"This is a special occasion celebrating Paul and all that he stood for," Carroll said to kick off his presser on Monday. "There’s going to be a program for him before the game starts so we encourage the 12s to get there early and enjoy it and have some fun. I hear Jody (Allen) is raising the flag, which is great. I can’t wait to see that. It should be a big event, big night. It should be a lot of fun for everybody."
The tribute will include the unveiling of Allen's name on the suite level fascia inside the stadium. Members of the Ring of Honor, or representatives, will participate in the ceremony. To honor her late brother, Seahawks Chair Jody Allen will raise the 12 Flag. At halftime, the Mercer Island Marching Band will present a Paul Allen Tribute. Allen was a longtime Mercer Island resident. The 280-member band will play a special medley including one of Allen's favorite Jimi Hendrix tunes and a song from his band, Paul Allen and the Underthinkers.
"The Seahawks and the 12s are part of what makes Seattle such an exciting city and fantastic community, and the community and the fans were at the forefront of Paul's mind when he purchased the Seahawks," said Seahawks chair Jody Allen. "This Ring of Honor induction celebrates Paul's legacy and the impact he made on not only the Seahawks organization, but the entire Pacific Northwest. It is fitting that he is the 12th member of the Ring of Honor. He was the proudest 12 of all."
Allen will join a distinguished group, which includes Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Dave Brown, Pete Gross, Curt Warner, Jacob Green, Kenny Easley, Dave Krieg, Chuck Knox, Cortez Kennedy and Walter Jones. Allen purchased the franchise on June 30, 1997, after a public-private partnership was crafted and approved by Washington state voters to build a new stadium, CenturyLink Field.
Allen's championship vision led to the most successful stretch in Seahawks history, including the franchise's first Super Bowl title following the 2013 season, a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. During his ownership, the Seahawks reached the postseason 13 times, won nine division titles, enjoyed eight seasons with 10 or more wins, and played in three Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XLVIII. Prior to Allen purchasing the team in 1997, the Seahawks had eight winning seasons, earned four postseason berths, one division title, and advanced to the AFC Championship Game once, and won 10 or more games twice.
Each member of the Ring of Honor was selected based on their contributions to the success and history of the franchise on and off the field. They have helped shape the organization into one of the premiere franchises in the NFL. The Ring of Honor members are prominently featured at VMAC and CenturyLink Field.
Seahawks NFL Ranks During Allen Era (1997-2018)
• Regular season wins: 198 (tied for 6th)
• Postseason wins: 13 (tied for 7th)
• Combined wins: 211 (7th)
• Home wins: 120 (tied for 5th)
• Division titles: 9 (5th)
• Playoff appearances: 13 (tied for 4th)
• Super Bowl appearances: 3 (tied for 3rd)
• Super Bowl XLVIII Champions