Monday, July 7, 2014
Seahawks' top plays: Largent's revenge hit
By Terry Blount
This is one of three nominations for the most memorable play in team history. In the next two days we will feature Richard Sherman's Immaculate Deflection in the 2014 NFC Championship Game against the 49ers and Marshawn Lynch's Beast Quake 67-yard touchdown run in the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints.
For Seahawks fans, it's the sweetest revenge hit of all time and one of the biggest hits any wide receiver ever got on a defensive back.
In the opening game of the 1988 season, Denver safety Mike Harden illegally hit Steve Largent with an elbow to the head. It left Largent unconscious with a concussion, cracking two of his teeth along with his facemask. Harden was subsequently fined $5,000.
Now fast-forward to the rematch in Seattle. Harden intercepted a ball in the end zone thrown by Seattle quarterback Dave Krieg. Harden was running away from several Seahawks before he took a bone-jarring, blindside hit from Largent, who had raced across the field to take his shot. Harden slammed into the turf and fumbled, and Largent recovered.
There was a penalty on the play for defensive holding, so the interception and hit were subsequently negated. But Largent had made his point, to the delight of the fans in the Kingdome.
Largent's hit was legal but such a devastating blow that it was part of NFL promo film montages for years.
Largent was near the end of a Hall of Fame career that included 819 receptions for 13,089 yards and 100 touchdowns and many memorable moments. It's a bit ironic that the most revered receiver in team history is remembered by many fans for one of the most jaw-rattling tackles in NFL history.