Steve’s Enshrinement Speech
Full Name: Stephen Michael Largent
Birthdate: September 28, 1954
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma
High School: Putnam City (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 28, 1995
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 29, 1995
Pro Career: 14 seasons, 200 games
Drafted: 4th round (117th overall) in 1976 by Houston
Steve Largent, a 5-11, 187-pound wide receiver with only average size and speed but armed with exceptional determination and concentration, became one of history’s most outstanding pass catchers during his 14-season, 200-game career with the Seattle Seahawks from 1976 to 1989.
At the time of his retirement, he held six major career pass receiving records – most receptions (819), most consecutive games with a reception (177), most yards on receptions (13,089), most touchdowns on receptions (100), most seasons with 50 or more receptions (10) and most seasons with 1,000 yards or more on receptions (8). All this by a receiver who the Houston Oilers thought was too small and slow to make it in the pros.
Largent attended the University of Tulsa, where he was an All-Missouri Valley Conference star with 103 receptions his final two seasons. He was the fourth-round pick of the Oilers and the 117th player taken in the 1976 National Football League Draft. He played only four preseason games with Houston before being traded to the expansion Seahawks for an eighth-round draft pick. It was the catch of the century for Seattle. Largent became an almost instant star with the Seahawks with 54 receptions, third best in the NFC, in his rookie season.
He led the AFC with 71 receptions in 1978 and he had five other seasons with 70 or more receptions. The sure-handed receiver, who ran nearly perfect pass routes, also led the NFL in pass-receiving yardage in 1979 and 1985. An All-Pro choice in 1983, 1985, and 1987, he was also named All-AFC three times and selected for seven Pro Bowls in a ten-season span between 1978 and 1987.
Seemingly indestructible, Steve missed only four games because of injuries his first 13 seasons. An NFL Man of the Year winner in 1988, Largent also was a positive force off the field.
People magazine named Largent to its 1996 list of “Most Beautiful People,” and in 1999 he was ranked number 46 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
(7) – 1978, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987
Seahawks Records Held by Largent
Seattle Seahawks all-time leader in receiving yards, receptions & receiving touchdowns
Awards & Honors
• AP First-Team All-Pro (1985)
• 4× AP Second-Team All-Pro (1978, 1979, 1984, 1987)
• NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
• Walter Payton Man of the Year (1988)
• Bart Starr Man of the Year Award (1988)
• Seahawks Ring of Honor (1995)
• Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team (2010)