STEVE LARGENT

STEVE LARGENT

Class of 1995
Wide Receiver >>> 5-11, 187
(Tulsa)
1976-1989 Seattle Seahawks

Stephen Michael Largent ... Acquired in preseason trade with Houston, 1976 ... Had 54 receptions as rookie ... Career stats: 819 catches, 13,089 yards, 100 TDs ... Caught passes in 177 straight games ... Had 70 or more receptions six seasons, 50 or more 10 years ... Led NFL in receiving yards, 1979, 1985 ... All-Pro, 1983, 1985, 1987 ... Picked for seven Pro Bowls ... Missed only four games with injuries first 13 seasons ... Born September 28, 1954, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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.

Year Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1976 Seattle
14
54
705
13.1
4
1977 Seattle
14
33
643
19.5
10
1978 Seattle
16
71
1168
16.5
8
1979 Seattle
15
66
1237
18.7
9
1980 Seattle
16
66
1064
16.1
6
1981 Seattle
16
75
1224
16.3
9
1982 Seattle
8
34
493
14.5
3
1983 Seattle
15
72
1074
14.9
11
1984 Seattle
16
74
1164
15.7
12
1985 Seattle
16
79
1287
16.3
6
1986 Seattle
16
70
1070
15.3
9
1987 Seattle
13
58
912
15.7
8
1988 Seattle
15
39
645
16.5
2
1989 Seattle
10
28
403
14.4
3
Career Total
200
819
13,089
16.0
100
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 7-2-29; Rushing: 17-83, 1TD; Punt Returns: 8-68; Kickoff Returns: 8-156
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

Presenter: Gary Wright, VP/Administration, Public Relations - Seattle Seahawks

Other Members of Class of 1995:
Jim Finks, Henry Jordan, Lee Roy Selmon, Kellen Winslow

Pro Career: 14 seasons, 200 games

Drafted: 4th round (117th overall) in 1976 by Houston Oilers

Uniform Number: 80

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