He holds their record for the most games started (197), total yards gained (13,396), receiving touchdowns (100), receptions (819), receiving yards (13,089), and most games of 100 or more receiving yards (40).
Largent was originally drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1976, but was traded to Seattle after only playing four preseason games for them. He spent the rest of his 14 year career playing for the Hawks. During his tenure, he made the Pro Bowl roster seven times and was also a member of the NFL All-Decade team during the 80's. When he retired at the end of the 1989 season, he held every major NFL receiving record.
In 1992, the Seahawks retired #80 in honor of him. When Jerry Rice was traded to the Seahawks in 2004, he was given permission by Largent to use #80. There have only been two numbers retired in the history of the franchise... #80 in honor of Largent... and #12 in honor of their fans.
After football, Mr. Largent became a member of Congress. He served from November 29, 1994 to February 15, 2002 as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma's 1st district. In 2002, he decided to run for Govenor of Oklahoma, but lost the election by less than 7,000 votes.
Although favorite players come and go... Largent is still one of my PC focuses after all of these years. I admire him for everything he's done for the Seahawks franchise, but also because he seems to be a stand-up guy who has good family values.
This past weekend.. I finally completed my Steve Largent sports card trifecta with the purchase of his rookie card:
Rookie Card: 1977 Topps #177
Autographed Card: 1997 SP Authentic "Mark of a Legend" #ML6
Memorabilia Card: 2002 Leaf Certified "Fabric of the Game" #29
I have wanted a Largent rookie card for a long time now... and I'm stoked to finally have one in my collection. It goes perfectly with the 90's on-card autograph and memorabilia card.
Thursday's question of the day:
Who's your favorite wide receiver... both present and past?
Right now... James Jones of the Green Bay Packers is my favorite receiver... because he's on my favorite team... plus he grew up in the Bay Area and went to SJSU.
Damn it's been a long week. Thank goodness it's almost Friday. Sayonara!
Oops... Actually Seattle has retired three jersey numbers, not just two. #71 worn by 9x Pro Bowler Walter Jones, who played left tackle for 12 years for the Seahawks. Thanks for info Mariner1. Here's a little Jones bonus for you: