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Catching up with: Steve August
What he did: The Seahawks’ first-round draft choice in 1977, August started 90 games at right tackle from 1977-84. In his final full season as a starter, he helped rookie running back Curt Warner rush for 1,449 yards and the team win the first playoff games in franchise history as it advanced to the AFC Championship game. August’s saw-it-all tenure also included the former expansion team winning nine games in 1979; a 4-12 season in 1980; the players’ strike and the firing of the team’s first coach, Jack Patera, in 1982; and being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers midway through the 1984 season.
What he’s doing: August, 57, works in private banking for J.P. Morgan in Tulsa. He went into sports management at the University of Tulsa, his alma mater, after finishing his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in ’84. “I was working in that field for about five years,” he said. “I just decided to get out of that business once we started having kids. I wanted to be able to work with my boys and spend time with them.” August and his wife, Kellie, have two sons – Matthew, 18, a senior in high school who will attend Oklahoma State in the fall; and Seth, 14, who’s in the eighth grade.
If I could have dinner with anyone – living or dead – it would be: “Paul Allen. Because I’ve never met him. I’ve tried to contact him over the years, but to no avail. He’s an interesting guy and I really liked him rescuing the Seahawks and keeping them in Seattle. That was a nice gesture, and it puts him up high on my list of people to meet.”
Must-see TV: “I don’t watch much other than sports. So I would say ‘SportsCenter.’ I’m boring.”
The best book I’ve ever read: “The Bible.”
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My best memory as a Seahawks is: “It would have to be beating the Dolphins in Miami in 1983 (in a divisional playoff game). And then winning the week before in the Kingdome (against the Broncos) in the first-ever playoff game. That was pretty awesome. But coming back from Miami, the fan support at the airport was just unbelievable. So I’d say experiencing that first playoff run for the Seahawks.”
Something most people don’t know about me: “I played golf in high school. Or I tried to. I was on the golf team, let’s put it that way. I never really played, but I tried to.”
If I could relive one day in my life: “As far as football, that game in Miami; that was the best game. It was just a neat game. We played great. We went against the ‘Killer B’s’ defense. I went against the AFC Defensive Player of the Year, Doug Betters. That was just an awesome year, and to finish it off with that win was just awesome. The last game was disappointing (a loss to the Raiders in the AFC Championship game). But that Miami game was probably the greatest game I ever played in, as far as the feeling of overcoming things.”