Steve Largent Participates in “Heart of a Hall of Famer” Series
April 11, 2011
By Bill Boehlke
Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent was in Canton, Ohio on April 8 as part of the museum’s Educational Outreach Program “Heart of a Hall of Famer” series.
Largent spoke during two morning sessions about the leadership and character traits that made him successful not only on the football field, but in all of his life’s endeavors.
Following his Hall of Fame career on the gridiron, Largent set his sights on Congress, where he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995-2001. Currently, Largent is the President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association.
More than 400 students from local area schools viewed the presentation as part of a live audience, while another 800 students from eight states across the U.S. joined in via the Hall of Fame’s video conference technology.
Earlier in the day, Kent Oliver, executive director of the Stark County District Library, presented Largent with a framed poster bearing his image for a program that Largent took part in during the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, held last August. Largent visited a local library where he read a book to children and stressed the importance of reading as part of an initiative to promote literacy.
“I’m a real believer in how much a kid likes to read is a real indicator of how successful they’ll be in life,” said Largent during his library visit. “I just tried to make that point in a light-hearted manner, and talk about football and talk about life. I think it went over pretty well.”