"Steve Largent. Whenever we played Seattle I would sit and watch this guy. Not a big guy, but a guy that had a lot of heart and a lot of determination. … [W]hen I see him I'm like, 'Wow, that's my idol right there.' That's the guy that I tried to really mold myself after."
That was the answer to the question, "Who is the one guy that you hear this player's name and you'll think, 'Wow, there's a special ballplayer,'" and was said by Jerry Rice, simply, the best receiver ever to play football.
Largent played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with Seattle, and was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times. By the time he retired, he held all of the NFL's major receiving records, including receptions (819), yards (13,089) and touchdowns (100). In 1992, Largent's number 80 was retired by the Seahawks, still the only jersey to be honored by the Seattle franchise, and he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
The Oklahoma native, and Tulsa University grad, returned home in 1992 and served in the Sooner State's 1st congressional district from 1994 to 2002, never winning less than 60 percent of the vote.