Steve Largent has never has liked to do anything halfway. His dedication to whatever he has done shows. His dedication to football landed the retired Seattle Seahawk wide receiver in the Pro football Hall of Fame. His dedication to his faith shows in the way he shares it with others. His dedication to politics showed in him being a United States Congressman for seven years. His dedication to humanitarian causes showed when he was elected to the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
There is no doubt that Steve Largent is still best known as a football player. At Tulsa University, the former United States Congressman led the nation in touchdown passes, with 14 in both 1974 and 1975. Although some say he lacked great speed as a football player and was only 5’11’ tall, his precise pass routes and sure hands helped him become a superstar in the NFL.
Largent was drafted by the Houston Oilers and traded to the Seattle Seahawks for the 1976 season. It is no wonder Steve Largent landed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The outspoken Christian caught at least 66 passes and gained more than 1,000 yards every year from 1978 to 1986, except the strike-shortened 1982 season.
Steve Largent was an All-Pro in 1985 and 1987 and played in seven Pro Bowls. After suffering a broken elbow during the 1989 season, the humanitarian retired at the end of the year, but not before setting several NFL records. Although the records have since been broken, at one time he held records for most consecutive games with a reception, 177; most seasons with 50 or more receptions, 8; most passes caught, 819; most yards on receptions, 13,089; and most touchdown passes, 100.
Steve Largent was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995, the first Seahawk to be inducted. Franco Harris and Carl Eller were both inducted, but they played for the Seahawks only at the end of their careers and were enshrined as members of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings. The humanitarian also was the first Seahawk to play in the Pro Bowl, although since then Warren Moon played in the Pro Bowl, during his time with the Seahawks, and was later inducted in the Hall of Fame.
Steve Largent is an outspoken Christian and has demonstrated that faith not only by sharing it verbally, but also by being involved in various humanitarian causes. He has spoken of his faith in Christ as God’s Son, who died on the cross for man’s sins. The former Congressman has also told how his faith helped him cope with learning that he and his wife’s son, Kramer, had spina bifida, a defect which left part of his spinal chord exposed. He said his faith reminded him that God loves Kramer just the way he is.
This year Steve Largent was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in Boise, Idaho. He has been involved with helping a variety of charities, including: Children’s Hospital; Young Life; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; the Salvation Army; Wheelchairs for the World Foundation; Habitat for Humanity; and others.
Steve Largent, who was elected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, was also elected and re-elected by voters in Oklahoma three times as a United States Congressman. He served from 1994-2002. He was involved in a variety of causes, some of them which were no doubt the result of his faith. He championed a variety of conservative causes. He wrote a “parents rights” bill, which was defeated. He wrote a bill which would have abolished the federal tax code at the end of 2001, in an effort to create a fairer, simpler tax code. His bill was defeated. He challenged House Majority Leader Dick Armey for the post, but lost. In 2002 he ran for governor of Okalahoma. He won the Republican nomination and resigned his Congressional seat but lost the governor’s race, in a three way election.
Steve Largent has been a speaker for the Ambassador Agency and a President and CEO of the Wireless Association.
Steve Largent has accomplished more than many ever do. He has been a Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver, has been inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, and is an outspoken Christian. He and Terry have been married for 29 years and have a daughter, Casie, and sons, Kyle, Kelly, and Kramer.