Steve Largent never went to a Super Bowl. There wasn't much else he didn't accomplish.
Largent played his last NFL game Saturday as the Seattle Seahawks finished their season with a 29-0 home loss to Washington. The NFL's all-time leader in receptions (819), yardage (13,089), touchdown catches (100) and consecutive games with at least one catch (177) left the Kingdome for the last time as a player with a smile and a wave to the crowd of 60,294 that came to pay tribute to him.."I wish we could have gone to the Super Bowl but we didn't," Largent said.
Largent, 35, is retiring after a 14-year NFL career, all in Seattle. He was honored in a 20-minute ceremony before the game between the Seahawks and the Redskins. After the game, he was given a three-hour retirement party in downtown Seattle. All 7,000 tickets were sold at $10 each, with the proceeds to go to the homeless in Seattle.
Largent did go to the playoffs four times during Chuck Knox's seven years as coach of the Seahawks. In 1983, the Seahawks went to the AFC championship game, losing to the Los Angeles Raiders, and won the AFC West for the first time last season.
Although the Redskins won big, his teammates didn't feel Largent was a loser.
"I'd rather we won 29-0 but I don't think this loss detracts from Steve's career at all," quarterback Dave Krieg said.
"I got a little choked up in the pregame ceremony realizing Steve wouldn't be around any longer," added free safety Eugene Robinson.
Largent finished his final NFL day with two receptions for 41 yards, giving him 28 catches for 403 yards and three touchdowns in his last season, which was shortened to 10 games due to a broken bone in his right elbow sustained in Seattle's season opener in Philadelphia.
He earned $1.35 million this year, the highest salary ever paid a Seahawks player and the most ever paid to an NFL wide receiver.
Largent said his retirement hadn't really hit him yet.