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A Football Life - Steve Largent
A Football Life - Steve Largent
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: Carlos Júnior
Football Feud: Steve Largent vs. Mike Harden | A Football Life | NFL
Football Feud: Steve Largent vs. Mike Harden | A Football Life | NFL
Published: 2015/10/26
Channel: NFL
Steve Largent: Top 10 Hands of All Time | #FlashbackFridays | NFL
Steve Largent: Top 10 Hands of All Time | #FlashbackFridays | NFL
Published: 2016/05/06
Channel: NFL
The Finest Pair of Hands in Football: Steve Largent | A Football Life | NFL
The Finest Pair of Hands in Football: Steve Largent | A Football Life | NFL
Published: 2015/10/26
Channel: NFL
Steve Largent Hit - Entire Sequence
Steve Largent Hit - Entire Sequence
Published: 2012/12/22
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(OLD) Steve Largent ---Greatest Ever--- highlights
(OLD) Steve Largent ---Greatest Ever--- highlights
Published: 2016/07/19
Channel: ZombieRobot333
Top 5 Seahawks of All Time | NFL
Top 5 Seahawks of All Time | NFL
Published: 2016/04/20
Channel: NFL
Steve Largent DESTROYS Mike Harden
Steve Largent DESTROYS Mike Harden
Published: 2010/09/26
Channel: RawkOutWithUrHawkOut
Steve Largent tribute
Steve Largent tribute
Published: 2009/02/03
Channel: JacDG
A Football Life: Steve Largent (Preview) | NFL Network
A Football Life: Steve Largent (Preview) | NFL Network
Published: 2015/10/08
Channel: NFL Network
Steve Largent (Arguably The Best Hands in NFL History) NFL Legends
Steve Largent (Arguably The Best Hands in NFL History) NFL Legends
Published: 2017/09/25
Channel: Face PC Gaming
Upside Down featuring Mike Harden
Upside Down featuring Mike Harden
Published: 2010/12/21
Channel: BTELLC
Steve Largent: 3rd best hands in NFL history.
Steve Largent: 3rd best hands in NFL history.
Published: 2010/08/06
Channel: judostar2
World
World's Greatest Steve Largent Highlights
Published: 2013/02/24
Channel: Bradley Woodard
Steve Largent  Retired as The Best Ever
Steve Largent Retired as The Best Ever
Published: 2011/05/16
Channel: Bullspit80
Seahawks Legends
Seahawks Legends' All-Time Favorite Plays
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: Seattle Seahawks Legends
Steve Largent tribute
Steve Largent tribute
Published: 2008/09/01
Channel: Aaron R
Steve Largent on Corporate Responsibility
Steve Largent on Corporate Responsibility
Published: 2014/03/04
Channel: Speakers.com
1983 Seahawks Playoff Team Steve Largent Raising 12th Man Flag Seahawks vs Buccaneers 11/3/2013
1983 Seahawks Playoff Team Steve Largent Raising 12th Man Flag Seahawks vs Buccaneers 11/3/2013
Published: 2013/11/04
Channel: assblastic
Legendary Seattle Seahawks Roster | Madden 17 Connected Franchise | Steve Largent + Cortez Kennedy
Legendary Seattle Seahawks Roster | Madden 17 Connected Franchise | Steve Largent + Cortez Kennedy
Published: 2016/11/07
Channel: C4
Steve Largent
Steve Largent
Published: 2007/10/27
Channel: Metallipotty
Tecmo Bowl - Steve Largent
Tecmo Bowl - Steve Largent's revenge against Mike Harden
Published: 2009/05/15
Channel: Vincent Hayabusa
LAA@SEA: Largent discusses Griffey Jr.
LAA@SEA: Largent discusses Griffey Jr.'s career
Published: 2016/08/07
Channel: MLB
Steve Largent raises the 12th man flag at Century Link Field - Seattle Sehawks
Steve Largent raises the 12th man flag at Century Link Field - Seattle Sehawks
Published: 2013/11/04
Channel: Jeremy Peterson
Madden 15: Legend Steve Largent Highlights
Madden 15: Legend Steve Largent Highlights
Published: 2014/12/28
Channel: William Lesko
Steve Largent 1988
Steve Largent 1988
Published: 2010/11/19
Channel: Karlos2121
Weekly News | 2017 Steve Largent Award Winner, Earl Thomas, Pete Carroll Week 17 Press Conference
Weekly News | 2017 Steve Largent Award Winner, Earl Thomas, Pete Carroll Week 17 Press Conference
Published: 2017/12/30
Channel: Hawkish12
Steve Largent honored as Hometown Hall of Famer™
Steve Largent honored as Hometown Hall of Famer™
Published: 2012/11/26
Channel: ProFootballHOF
Jim Zorn and Steve Largent are BFF
Jim Zorn and Steve Largent are BFF
Published: 2008/10/08
Channel: LUVSKINS47
A Visit with Steve Largent
A Visit with Steve Largent
Published: 2011/08/24
Channel: Seattle Seahawks Legends
Seahawks Jim Zorn and Steve Largent SING! radio ad
Seahawks Jim Zorn and Steve Largent SING! radio ad
Published: 2011/06/16
Channel: BLUTOBLOTTO
A Visit with Steve Largent
A Visit with Steve Largent
Published: 2014/09/16
Channel: Seattle Seahawks Legends
PFHOF Archive Exclusive: Steve Largent
PFHOF Archive Exclusive: Steve Largent
Published: 2016/12/14
Channel: ProFootballHOF
Steve Largent
Steve Largent
Published: 2012/12/20
Channel: David Spada
How to Create Steve Largent in Madden: Player Creation Tutorial
How to Create Steve Largent in Madden: Player Creation Tutorial
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: HawkingRegime
Steve Largent Hall of Fame Video
Steve Largent Hall of Fame Video
Published: 2009/06/29
Channel: Rob Taylor
(NEW) Steve Largent: The Greatest
(NEW) Steve Largent: The Greatest
Published: 2017/06/01
Channel: ZombieRobot333
1990 Hanes commercial with NFL
1990 Hanes commercial with NFL's Steve Largent
Published: 2010/08/10
Channel: Brian Thompson
Steve Largent Roast in Seattle 1989
Steve Largent Roast in Seattle 1989
Published: 2013/07/16
Channel: Geoff Young
1986 - Ivory Soap - Clean Break with Steve Largent
1986 - Ivory Soap - Clean Break with Steve Largent
Published: 2010/06/14
Channel: RetroTy: The Pulse of Nostalgia
Steve Largent endorses Universal Newborn Screening
Steve Largent endorses Universal Newborn Screening
Published: 2008/11/04
Channel: Hunter's Hope
Madden 25 Ultimate Team | Lineup Update #2 Featuring Steve Largent | MUT 25
Madden 25 Ultimate Team | Lineup Update #2 Featuring Steve Largent | MUT 25
Published: 2013/09/05
Channel: xRyan915
How Steve Largent Went from Oilers 4th Round Pick to Seahawks Hall of Famer | The Rich Eisen Show
How Steve Largent Went from Oilers 4th Round Pick to Seahawks Hall of Famer | The Rich Eisen Show
Published: 2017/08/04
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
29seahawks 80 Steve Largent Jersey Review
29seahawks 80 Steve Largent Jersey Review
Published: 2016/03/09
Channel: Jonny Paterson
STEVE LARGENT vs MIKE HARDEN Madden 17 M.U.T Revenge Hit 1988
STEVE LARGENT vs MIKE HARDEN Madden 17 M.U.T Revenge Hit 1988
Published: 2016/09/06
Channel: SICK MADDEN HIGHLIGHTS
Seattle Seahawks Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy & Steve Largent 12th Man Flag Raising Ceremony
Seattle Seahawks Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy & Steve Largent 12th Man Flag Raising Ceremony
Published: 2014/09/07
Channel: Kingdome of Seattle Sports
Catching Up with NFL Legend Steve Largent
Catching Up with NFL Legend Steve Largent
Published: 2008/08/07
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
Seahawks Steve Largent hits tree!
Seahawks Steve Largent hits tree!
Published: 2014/02/24
Channel: Juan Palau
Steve Largent Spec Catch Madden 25
Steve Largent Spec Catch Madden 25
Published: 2013/09/05
Channel: IIUND3RD0GII
Steve Largent=GOAT
Steve Largent=GOAT
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: Patrick Peterson and the Flock
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Steve Largent
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st district
In office
November 29, 1994 – February 15, 2002
Preceded by Jim Inhofe
Succeeded by John Sullivan
Personal details
Born (1954-09-28) September 28, 1954 (age 63)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Terry Largent
Children 4
Education University of Tulsa (BS)

Football career
No. 80
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Putnam City (OK)
College: Tulsa
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 4 / Pick: 117
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 819
Receiving yards: 13,089
Touchdowns: 100
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Stephen Michael Largent (born September 28, 1954) is a retired American football player, enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and a former Republican politician, having served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Oklahoma, from 1994 until 2002. Prior to his political career, Largent was a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks in the National Football League for his entire 14-season professional football career. He held several all-time receiving records when he retired.

Football career[edit]

Banners of Largent and the 12th Man hang over CenturyLink Field.

In 1974 at the University of Tulsa, Largent had 884 yards receiving and 14 touchdown catches. In 1975, he had 51 catches for 1,000 yards and 14 touchdown catches.

Despite an All-American career at 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 expansion Seattle Seahawks for a 1977 eighth-round pick.

Largent spent 14 years with the Seahawks, and, while not particularly fast, was extremely sure-handed. He became the first Seahawk selected to the Pro Bowl in 1978, and was selected six more times during his career. In 1979 he led the league in receiving yards with 1,237, and six years later did it again with 1,287 in 1985. In 1987, Largent ended his participation in the NFLPA strike after the third and final week of the strike. With the retirement of Charlie Joiner the previous year, Largent became the NFL's active leader in career receiving yards, retaining that lead until his retirement in 1989. He broke Joiner's all-time record for receiving yards (12,146) in Week 3 of 1988.

In 1989, Largent became the first Seahawks player to win the Steve Largent Award for his spirit, dedication, and integrity.[1]

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, his first year of eligibility. In 1999, he was ranked number 46 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the only Seahawk to make the list.

His #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 "12th man", the number 71 for offensive tackle Walter Jones, on December 5, 2010,[2] and the number 96 for defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy on October 14, 2012.)[3] During Jerry Rice's stint with the Seahawks in 2004, Largent's #80 was temporarily "unretired" after a conversation between Rice and Largent that was reportedly initiated by then Seahawks president Bob Whitsitt.[4] Largent remains the most prolific receiver in team history. On October 26, 2008, Largent's University of Tulsa #83 was also retired.[5]

Career receiving statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Rec Yards Y/R TDs
1976 SEA 14 54 705 13.1 4
1977 SEA 14 33 643 19.5 10
1978 SEA 16 71 1,168 16.5 8
1979 SEA 15 66 1,237 18.7 9
1980 SEA 16 66 1,064 16.1 6
1981 SEA 16 75 1,224 16.3 9
1982 SEA 8 34 493 14.5 3
1983 SEA 15 72 1,074 14.9 11
1984 SEA 16 74 1,164 15.7 12
1985 SEA 16 79 1,287 16.3 6
1986 SEA 16 70 1,070 15.3 9
1987 SEA 13 58 912 15.7 8
1988 SEA 15 39 645 16.5 2
1989 SEA 10 28 403 14.4 3
Total 200 819 13,089 16.0 100

[6]

Political career[edit]

In 1994, Oklahoma's 1st District Congressman Jim Inhofe resigned to run in a special election to succeed Senator David Boren. Largent won the election to succeed Inhofe in Congress; pursuant to an Oklahoma statute, Governor David Walters designated the special election in which Largent was elected to serve the remainder of Inhofe's term in the 103rd Congress before beginning his term in the 104th Congress.[7][8]

Largent took office on November 29, 1994 and was reelected to the three succeeding Congresses, never winning less than 60 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican Tulsa-based district.[9][10][11]

Like many in the Republican freshman class elected in 1994, when the Republicans took control of the House for the first time in 40 years, Largent's voting record was solidly conservative. Largent was one of the "true believers" in that freshman class, devoting most of his time to issues important to the conservative Christians.

One of his first bills was a "parental rights" bill that died in committee after it attracted opposition even from other Christian conservatives. Another of his bills would have abolished the federal tax code at the end of 2001. He opposed ending the 1995 federal government shutdown and played a role in the failed attempt to oust Newt Gingrich as Speaker. Largent introduced a bill that would ban adoptions by gay and lesbian parents in Washington, D. C.

He was accused of being anti-Catholic due to his line of questioning of a House of Representatives chaplain in 2000, though he denied this.[12]

After the Republicans lost five seats in the 1998 midterm elections, Largent tried to take advantage of discontent with Majority Leader Dick Armey by challenging Armey for the post. Although Armey was not popular in the Republican caucus, Largent was thought to be far too conservative for the liking of some moderate Republicans, and Armey won on the third ballot.[13] However, when Bob Livingston of Louisiana stood down as Speaker-elect, Armey was still too wounded to make a bid for the job.

Largent decided to run for Governor of Oklahoma in 2002. He easily won the Republican nomination and resigned his House seat on February 15 to devote his energy to the race. Initially seen as an overwhelming favorite against Democratic state senator Brad Henry, Largent lost to Henry by just under 7,000 votes.

Largent's loss has been attributed by analysts to factors that included:

  • The presence of a well-funded independent (Gary Richardson, a former Republican) on the general election ballot;[14]
  • Henry's support of cockfighting, garnering a last minute endorsement by rural cockfighting interests that turned out in large numbers in the election in which the legality of cockfighting was on the ballot;[14][15][16]
  • Largent used a vulgarity, "bullshit" in response to an Oklahoma City television reporter who repeatedly asked where he was at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Largent had been on a hunting trip and did not know about the attacks until then.[15][17]

Post-political career[edit]

Largent became President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association in November 2003 until May 2014. CTIA is an international nonprofit membership organization founded in 1984, representing all sectors of wireless communications: cellular, personal communication services, and enhanced specialized mobile radio.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

People magazine named Largent to its 1996 list of "Most Beautiful People".[20]

Largent has a son Kramer James (b. November 11, 1985) with spina bifida. He and his wife, Terry, also had three more children, sons Kyle and Kelly and daughter Casie.[21]

Electoral history[edit]

Oklahoma's 1st congressional district: Results 1994–2000[22]
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1994 Stuart Price 63,753 37% Steve Largent 107,085 63%
1996 Randolph John Amen 57,996 28% Steve Largent 143,415 68% Karla Condray Independent 8,996 4%
1998 Howard Plowman 56,309 38% Steve Largent 91,031 62%
2000 Dan Lowe 58,493 29% Steve Largent 138,528 69% Michael A. Clem Libertarian 2,984 1%
Summary of the November 5, 2002 Oklahoma gubernatorial election results
Candidates Party Votes %
  Brad Henry Democratic Party 448,143 43.27%
  Steve Largent Republican Party 441,277 42.61%
  Gary Richardson Independent 146,200 14.12%
Total 1,035,620 100.0%
Source: 2002 Election Results

References[edit]

  1. ^ Booth, Tim (2008, December 19). Holmgren given Largent Award by players. KomoNews.com. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "Local News | The Olympian".
  3. ^ "Seahawks to Retire Kennedy Jersey during Halftime on Sunday".
  4. ^ Greg Bishop, "Hawks offered No. 80, Rice says", Seattle Times, October 29, 2004.
  5. ^ Mike Brown, "TU honors standouts", Tulsa World, October 27, 2008.
  6. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/L/LargSt00.htm
  7. ^ LARGENT, Steve, (1954– ). bioguide.congress.gov
  8. ^ Jim Myers, "Largent Takes Oath of Office", Tulsa World, November 30, 1994.
  9. ^ "Oklahoma State Election Board". General Election Results. November 5, 1996
  10. ^ "Oklahoma State Election Board". General Election Results. November 3, 1998
  11. ^ "Oklahoma State Election Board". General Election Results. November 7, 2000
  12. ^ David van Biema, Catholic Bashing?, TIME, February 27, 2000.
  13. ^ Guy Gugliotta and Juliet Eilperin. House Republicans Embrace Livingston, Armey, Watts. Washington Post, 1998-11-19.
  14. ^ a b David Averill, "Eyeing another campaign: Richardson had impact on 2002 governor's race", Tulsa World, March 22, 2009.
  15. ^ a b "Henry upsets Steve Largent in governor's race", AP at USA Today, November 5, 2002.
  16. ^ John M. Broder, "The 2002 Elections: Governors; Bright Spots, Amid Dim Ones, for Democrats", New York Times, November 7, 2009.
  17. ^ Chris Cilliza, "The Fix: Holtz for House: The Strange History of Sports Stars and Politics", Washington Post, August 4, 2009.
  18. ^ Matt Richtel, "In the Hall as a Lobbyist After Time in the House", New York Times, March 22, 2004.
  19. ^ President & CEO Steve Largent at CTIA website.
  20. ^ "Steve Largent", People, May 6, 1996.
  21. ^ "Largent scandal fans flames of fame". seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  22. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on July 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Inhofe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st congressional district

1994–2002
Succeeded by
John Sullivan
Party political offices
Preceded by
Trent Lott
Response to the State of the Union address
1999
Served alongside: Jennifer Dunn
Succeeded by
Susan Collins
Bill Frist
Preceded by
Frank Keating
Republican nominee for Governor of Oklahoma
2002
Succeeded by
Ernest Istook

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