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Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Steve Largent

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Despite an All-American career at the University of Tulsa, Largent was not selected until the fourth round of the 1976 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers (117th pick). After four preseason games, he was slated to be cut, but was instead traded to the expansionSeattle Seahawks for a 1977 eighth-round pick.

Largent spent thirteen years with the Seahawks, and, while not particularly fast, was extremely sure-handed. He was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl seven times, and was the first Seahawk to earn that honor. In 1982, Largent, along with teammate Jim Zorn, ended his participation in the NFL strike, after the third and final week of the strike, citing religious principles, specifically based on Matthew5:36–37, stating that “your word is your bond” and that all contracts shall be honored as with God.

In 1989, Steve Largent became the first Seahawks player to win the Steve Largent Award for his spirit, dedication and integrity.

When Largent retired, he held all major NFL receiving records, including: most receptions in a career (819), most receiving yards in a career (13,089), and most touchdown receptions (100). He was also in possession of a then-record streak of 177 consecutive regular-season games with a reception. He also holds the distinction as the first receiver in NFL history to achieve 100 touchdown receptions in his career.

Largent was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1999, he was ranked number 46 on The Sporting Newslist of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the only Seahawk on the list.

His number (80) was retired in 1992; Largent is the first Seahawk player to be so honored (the team has retired number 12 in honor of the fans, the “twelfth man”, the number 71 for offensive tackle Walter Jones, on December 5, 2010, and the number 96 for defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy on October 14, 2012.) During Jerry Rice‘s stint with the Seahawks in 2004, Largent’s number 80 was temporarily “unretired” after a conversation between Rice and Largent that was reportedly initiated by then Seahawks president Bob Whitsitt. Largent remains the most prolific receiver in team history. On October 26, 2008 Largent’s University of Tulsa number (83) was also retired.

Smallthoughts :Old School Tuesday salutes Steve Largent.

Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 819
Receiving Yards 13,089
Touchdowns 100
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1 Comment

  1. Forgot how many superstars were on the Seahawks. Largent was, for me, the most exciting and dynamic. A Wes Welker of his day.
    Nice articles Jerry!

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