A closer look at Steve Largent’s legacy

Published on June 14, 2011 by     Seahawks.Com News (Feed)

Let’s see, there were the 100 touchdown catches, the 819 receptions and the 13,089 receiving yards.

In the litany of statistics Steve Largent compiled during his Hall of Fame career with the Seahawks, those are the most lasting – and each was the NFL’s all-time record when he retired after the 1989 season.

The favorite double-take entry on his resume always has been the fact that Largent led the team in receptions for 12 consecutive seasons (1976-1987). Think about that for a second. The club has had 12 other players lead the team in receptions in the 23 seasons since Largent’s streak was snapped – Brian Blades (five times), Darrel Jackson (four), John L. Williams (three), Joey Galloway (three), Bobby Engram (two), Derrick Mayes, Koren Robinson, John Carlson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Mike Williams (one each) and Sean Dawkins and Ricky Watters (shared the lead).

The favorite until now, that is. While doing some research for something that is only partially Largent related, this new are-you-kidding-me nugget was uncovered: In 1979, when Largent scored nine touchdowns, he averaged 36.3 yards on those scoring plays; and in 1978, when he had eight TDs, the average per scoring play was 36.1.

Largent also soared around the 30-yard average in 1980 (30.2 on six scoring catches); 1977 (28.3 on 10 scoring catches); and 1981 (27.1 on nine scoring catches).

This from the receiver that former Raiders cornerback Lester Hayes used to jokingly refer to as “The Caucasian Clydesdale.”

Unbelievable. Unfathomable. Unheard of. Underrated.

Even for someone with Largent’s lengthy list of achievements, those scoring averages burst through the barricades of previous perceptions to present a whole new avenue in dissecting the greatness that was Steve Largent. In fact, after Largent torched Hayes and the Raiders one season, the loquacious Lester altered his every-mention moniker to “The Great Steve Largent” the following season.

But wait, there’s more. When Largent caught his career-high 12 TD passes in 1984, they came in just 10 games. That’s right. He didn’t have a scoring catch in the first four games, or the final two.

Yes, 49 of his 100 scoring catches went for 19 or fewer yards, but he also had 17 from 20-29 yards, 19 from 30-39, nine from 40-49 and six of 50-plus – including a 74-yarder and a 67-yarder.

Here’s a look at how Largent compiled those 100 TD catches, and his average on the scoring plays in each season:

1976: 4 touchdowns, 7.5-yard average

1977: 10 touchdowns, 28.3-yard average

1978: 8 touchdowns, 36.1-yard average

1979: 9 touchdowns, 36.3-yard average

1980: 6 touchdowns, 30.2-yard average

1981: 9 touchdowns, 27.1-yard average

1982: 3 touchdowns, 15.3-yard average

1983: 11 touchdowns, 25.4-yard average

1984: 12 touchdowns, 17.5-yard average

1985: 6 touchdowns, 11.2-yard average

1986: 9 touchdowns, 16.4-yard average

1987: 8 touchdowns, 16.3-yard average

1988: 2 touchdowns, 25.0-yard average

1989: 3 touchdowns, 21.3-yard average

Put it all together and what do you get? An average of 23.5 yards on 100 touchdown catches – with the average ballooned to 31.5 yards on 42 TD catches from 1977-81.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

Rice

Seahawks bring back receiver Sidney Rice

Wide receiver Sidney Rice agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year deal to return to the Seattle Seahawks. Rice ...
122220

Seahawks with the most to gain: Bruce Irvin

Room to grow.Seattle has plenty of it, which seems odd to say considering the Seahawks are coming off ...
628x471

Kaepernick, Lockette being investigated for ‘suspicious incident’

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette is being investigated along with San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ...
140409-preseason-600-beauty

Seahawks preseason schedule announced, features Super Bowl rematch with Denver Broncos

Seahawks preseason features matchups with the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders. While not quite ...
140408-ms-opener-trophy-600

Super Bowl champion Seahawks celebrated at Seattle Mariners home opener

The Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seahawks were honored during a special ceremony prior to the Seattle Mariners' home ...
etjml.AuSt.5

Extension shows Seahawks believe in Carroll-Schneider ‘lovefest’

Friday’s gathering at Seahawks headquarters wasn’t as much about a new contract as it was a renewal of ...
140404-carroll-presser-600

Pete Carroll agrees to new three-year deal with Seahawks

Entering the final year of his original five-year contract, head coach Pete Carroll has agreed to a new ...
140403chancellor660

A happy, water-filled birthday to Kam Chancellor

Thursday is Kam Chancellor’s 26th birthday, and the Seahawks’ All-Pro strong safety is asking you to celebrate by ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz