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Microsoft exec moonlights as Blitz, the Seattle Seahawks mascot

Microsoft executive Ryan Asdourian has been Seattle's mascot since 2006.
Posted By Evan Bleier   |   Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM   |   Comments

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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Seattle Seahawks mascot isn’t a Starbucks barista trying to make ends meet or a Pike Place Fish Market employee collecting a little extra cash on their day off -- Blitz is Microsoft executive Ryan Asdourian.

Asdourian has been working at Microsoft since 2004 and began moonlighting as Blitz in 2006. The move makes a little bit of sense considering the Seahawks are owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

In addition to suiting up as Blitz on the weekends, Asdourian also spends his time raising money for multiple sclerosis research.

He was interviewed about his dual life for Microsoft's Jobs Blog, and described his start at Microsoft.

"Microsoft was first. I came here as an intern, eventually got a full-time position and, two years into it, I reached out to the Seahawks. Next thing I knew: I was Blitz, leading insane cheers at the NFL’s loudest stadium."

Asked whether hardware marketing counted as a skill for the job, Asdourian revealed he had prior experience.

"To be fair, I already had a lot of mascot experience. I was the Gator at the University of Florida back in college. Now, I’ve been Blitz for five years and even have a backup Blitz if I can’t make it to a game. That said, I rarely miss a game."

Even leading a double life, he still finds time to work for charity.

"In December of 2008, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). It was devastating at first. But, I learned that there are lots of treatments out there, and you can still lead a very active life. I decided to use my position to raise awareness and show people that just because you get diagnosed with MS, it isn’t the end of the world."


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