One of the best football players out of the Seattle Seahawks is the great Steve Largent. Here are some interesting facts about him.
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1. He did not have a football pedigree, to begin with. He was too small at 5 ’11 and 191 pounds. He was rather slow as he clocked in 4.6 seconds to run 40 yards.
2. He played football in high school just to get a scholarship. When he trained systematically, he turned out to be more competent than he expected.
3. His game improved dramatically as he matured. By 1974 at the University of Tulsa, Largent had 884 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. The following season, he had 51 catches for 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns.
4. He was picked low in the draft as the 117th pick by the Houston Oilers. He only had four pre-season games with them, and he was traded to the Seahawks for a 1977 8th round pick.
5. His career flourished with Seattle, as he spent a total of 14 years with the franchise. He made it to the NFL Pro Bowl seven times, becoming the first Seahawk to earn that honor.
6. Upon retirement, Largent earned all NFL receiving records, including most receptions in a career (819), most receiving yards in a career (13,089), and most touchdown receptions (100).
7. In 1995, the year he was first eligible to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he made it right away. By 1999, he ranked No. 46 on The Sporting News list of 100 Greatest Football players, making him the only Seahawk to be included in the list.
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