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Happy Birthday to Steve Largent and Tyler Lockett
In his third game as a Seahawk, a rookie receiver introduced himself to a Seattle crowd with a big game that included a touchdown.
That describes not only Tyler Lockett, who returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears, but also Steve Largent, who 39 years earlier, had seven catches for 128 yards and a touchdown, the first of many big performances in a Hall of Fame career.
Coincidentally, both players, one who is a Seahawks legend, and one who looks like he has a bright career in front of him, celebrate a birthday on September 28, with Lockett turning 23 and Largent turning 61 on Monday.
Lockett, a third-round pick in the 2015 draft, is off to a very promising start in the early stages of his career having returned both a kickoff and punt for touchdowns while also establishing himself as the team’s third receiver.
Lockett still has a long, long way to go, however, to live up to the standard set by the other Seahawks receiver born on this day. Largent, who was at Sunday’s game as one of the Seahawks legends being honored as part of the celebration of the 40th season in franchise history, isn’t just the owner of many Seahawks records, he is the team’s first Hall of Famer. Largent, who started a team-record 197 games in his 14-year career, is the Seahawks leader in receptions (819), receiving yards (13,089) and receiving touchdowns (100), all of which were NFL records at the time of his retirement. And in an impressive show of consistency, he led the Seahawks in receptions and receiving yards for 12 straight seasons.
“I don’t know how you do that either,” Largent said when asked about that accomplishment over the weekend. “It’s probably impossible to do that in today’s game. I think it spoke to my preparation and longevity playing with the same team.”
Largent said he is probably most proud of the record he set for having a reception in 177 straight games, “because that speaks to a level of consistency. That’s what I tried to do—not try to be a great player every other week—but I tried to just be consistent in the way I approached the game and played the game.”
Lockett too has been lauded early in his rookie year for his work ethic and consistency. Must be something to that September 28 birthday. So happy birthday to one of the best players from the Seahawks’ past, and also to a player who looks like he could be a big part of their future.