Former Seahawks great Steve Largent making new connections

Apr 24, 2013, 12:14 PM | Updated: 1:05 pm
Former Seahawks great Steve Largent visited Olympia Wednesday to lobby on behalf of the wireless industry in his role as CEO of the leading trade group. (CTIA image)
(CTIA image)

Former Seahawks legend Steve Largent is best known for his Hall of Fame career, but he’s made quite a name for himself off the field as well.

Largent, who served in Congress for eight years, has spent the last decade as CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, the leading wireless industry trade group.

It’s in that role he visited state lawmakers in Olympia Wednesday to lobby on behalf of the industry.

“Fewer regulations, less taxes on our consumers and how that will help roll out these services to Washington state in particular even faster,” he told Seattle’s Morning News in an interview previewing his agenda.

Largent said he was never a techie, but first got exposed to the wireless industry playing for the Seahawks in 1984 when Seattle-based Cellular One approached him and fellow Seahawks great Jim Zorn to endorse the company.

“They said ‘hey, would you guys like to do some work for us?’ And we said ‘sure’,” Largent said.

So they gave him one of the early models, a big bag phone that weighed about 10 pounds and “worked some times.” But he was hooked.

After Largent’s playing days ended, he was elected to Congress. Serving on the telecommunications subcommittee, the Oklahoma Republican helped craft the laws governing the burgeoning industry.

“So I was kind of front and center on all that,” he said. And that gave him a leg up when the CTIA went looking for a new CEO.

It might not be as thrilling as catching a touchdown before more than 65,000 screaming Seahawks fans, but he said he loves it nonetheless.

“It’s really a fun industry to be a part of; it’s an exciting industry and I love it.”

Still, he’ll forever be linked with his days on the field, and quarterback Zorn. He said the two remain close all these years later.

“I’m leaving this morning and catching a flight to Kansas City to go see Jim and Joy,” he said.

Local News

Photo by Elena Di Vincenzo...
MyNorthwest Staff

Heat Mitigation Strategy unveiled as Seattle Temperatures Rise

King County has put together an Extreme Heat Mitigation Strategy to prepare for the rising temperatures set to start this weekend.
17 hours ago
Photo by John Moore...
Associated Press

Nevada man sentenced for assault on Vegas-Seattle flight

A 41-year-old Nevada man has been ordered to serve six months home confinement and pay more than $49,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to assault and interference with crew members during a 2019 flight from Seattle to Las Vegas.
17 hours ago
Photo by John Moore...
Micki Gamez

Ferry dos and don’ts for your 4th of July weekend

Fourth of July weekend is approaching and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has released its annual traveling checklist regarding the ferries.
17 hours ago
Photo by Jason Redmond...
Logan Gilbert

Inslee vows to stop ‘assault’ on Washington values post-Roe

In a press conference in Olympia this weekend, Washington Governor Jay Inslee vowing to take measures to protect abortion rights in Washington state.
17 hours ago
MyNorthwest Staff

Superintendent: SCOTUS decision on Bremerton coach retains separation of church and state

The Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction is calling Monday's SCOTUS decision an affirmation of the separation of church and state.
17 hours ago
Photo from Monroe School District...
MyNorthwest Staff

Monroe High School student charged with hate crime, choking and homophobic language

A 16-year-old Monroe High School Student has been charged with a hate crime after choking a 14-year-old student and saying homophobic things to him.
17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, initiative provides […]

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
Former Seahawks great Steve Largent making new connections