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Report: Largent on short list to replace Leiweke

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 15, 2010 at 10:17 am with 31 Comments »
September 15, 2010 10:17 am

According to a report by KING-5 TV, Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent is on the short list to replace departing Seattle Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke.

Largent does not confirm that he is indeed on the short list of candidates to fill the position, according to the report. However, when asked directly if he’s interested in the position, Largent says: “That could be.”

I’ve heard rumblings around VMAC about Largent as a potential candidate, but nothing concrete.

However, Largent would seem like a logical choice because he’s a known commodity who would serve as good face for the franchise nationally.

He currently serves on the Seahawks board of directors. Since his retirement from the league in 1989, Largent was elected from Oklahoma to serve in the House of Representatives (1994-2002). He currently works as the president and CEO of CTIA, the international association for wireless telecommunications in Washington DC.

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  1. snydro22 says:

    Copy and Paste from previous thread:

    King5 reported last night that Steve Largent is on our very short list of people to take over as CEO..

    Personally, as much as I love Largent as a football player, I’m not sure how thrilled I’d be for this.. I don’t particularly care for him as a person.

    I had all the posters, the Riddell jersey, even a Steve Largent autographed mini-ball..

    But then in 1994 he decided to take a run at politics and become the most conservative hypocritical member of congress. He was the ultimate right-wing Christian conservative: banning gay and lesbian adoptions, voting against abortions, going on hunting trips during 9/11 and getting caught swearing on camera when he didn’t like a line of questioning from a local news station..

    This would be like if Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh had played for the hawks a few decades ago and then wanted to come back and run the franchise now, already having isolated half of the nation’s population.

    Currently Largent is the CEO of a “non-profit” wireless communications agency.. I’m not sure that gives him the needed qualifications to run the Seahawks.

    Put his face on a billboard, put his name on the ticket stubs, but don’t put him in charge of anything that matters.. This isn’t a football/personnel position, this is a business position..

    My fear is that now that this information has been leaked, the Hawks will hire him, afraid of the backlash.. Or maybe they are floating it out there to see how fans feel? Unfortunately most fans only know the Largent who scored touchdowns, and not the Largent who tried to strip people of their civil rights, ban programming on TV and Radio, took huge amounts of campaign donations from lobbyists and helped de-regulate a mortgage and banking industry that has since collapsed and left a large number of American families in foreclosure and out of work..

  2. kurtthekraut says:

    What was Tim’s political viewpoints? My answer is dont know,..dont care,..if he keeps that sort of stuff out of his business decisions ( which would be a good business decision in and of itself ) i dont really see why that would matter to me.

  3. kurtthekraut says:

    I dont agree on alot of his stances in politics in general,..but he does love the seahawks,…I love the Seahawks and i believe he would be a good candidate to at least look at. T. L.’s best accomplishment in my eyes was getting the Fans and Seahawks Org to connect once again wakening the sleeping Giant that IS the 12th-man. I believe that Steve is at least an interesting option to consider. Dont get me wrong im not here chanting for his hire,…I simply think he is a good candidate to have on the list.

  4. kurtthekraut says:

    I meant Tod’s viewpoint not Tim’s. I apologize for not doing a better job of proof-reading.

  5. freedom_X says:

    It cuts both ways. Suppose the next candidate supports abortions, opposes hunting, is for gay and lesbian adoptions, etc. Is it OK if the right wing boycotts and complains about that person?

    This is what happens when you have an intolerant society – one that can’t possibly accept a differing viewpoint than one’s own. This cuts both ways (actually cuts a thousand ways.) But then, the comments posted on this blog are often a clear reflection of this.

    So what if we found out Paul Allen supported gay marriage, or opposed abortions? Are partisans of each special interest group going to demand he sell the team? Should we even care? Why? If you really could read the minds of your neighbors, friends, and acquaintences, would you suddenly break off with all those with differing opinions and cultivate those who agree with you?

    And to bring up cursing on camera – big deal.

    Funny how some fans think Seattle needs to bring in more renegades as players (people skirting the edge of the law or even actually having been in trouble) but heaven forbid if someone has a different social or political opinion. I guess Seattle should have cut Largent back in the 70’s because of it, eh?

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Since you brought it up;

    The so called republican revolution of 1994 that Largent rode into congress was a lot like how this year’s elections are shaping up; a strong wave of conservatism. Unhappy with Clinton after 2 years then. Unhappy with Obama after 2 years now. Somewhat ironic he’d potentially resurface now.

    With that, Snydro is absolutely correct and I agree with everything he said. (With the exception of calling him “the most conservative hypocritical member of congress”. He’s a pup in the woods when it comes to hypocrisy. Even if you eliminate the senate with Frist, Stevens, Lott he still pales in the house when Gringrich and DeLay roamed the halls…) Nevertheless, I too question whether he’s qualified to run the business of the Seahawks.

    I’ll now abandon all political conversation. But as far as Largent running the ‘Hawks? Continue looking, please.

  7. chuck_easton says:

    As long as he leaves his Political viewpoints at the door to VMAC I don’t care.

    Now if we find out he’ll only sign ‘good upstanding christian men who vote Republican” then we have an issue.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    freedom_X – It’s not that it’s important to agree with everyone to get along. Not at all. But many people do make decisions on what businesses to patronize based on an organization’s political affiliations. I’m not suggesting there would be a significant backlash if the ‘Hawks hired Largent, but there was against ESPN for hiring Limbaugh even before his McNabb comments. It is something that exists. I would prefer Seattle stay out of hiring politicians, regardless of political affiliation, when it come to hiring their new CEO.

  9. I would prefer Seattle stay out of hiring politicians, regardless of political affiliation, when it come to hiring their new CEO.

    Yeah, me too. I loved Largent as a player, but don’t want an ex-politician running the Seahawks.

  10. snydro22 says:

    I don’t have a specific political affiliation. I think most politicians are corrupt regardless of political party. I’m a hunter and I hate taxes. I also think forcing 15 year old’s in the inner city to have babies and then denying them welfare is hypocritical and irresponsible.

    My stance is that he has made his views/opinions very public, which can isolate people of strong conviction either way.

    Also, he has no experience running a professional franchise.

    Add those two things up, and the result isn’t pretty.

    He also brings a political debate into Seahawks land, which is evidenced by this thread – which isn’t good for anybody. I realize I started the debate, but it would have happened regardless. The guy was a republican and Seattle is notoriously democrat – even if the entire fan-base and surrounding communities aren’t.

    Why pick the easy choice in Largent? To please the fans? Forget about that. We need sound leadership, and someone who has already had their on-the-job training.

    These are the same reasons I didn’t want to hire Holmgren as President. Too easy. Not necessarily the best choice. No vision.

    Tod Leiweke may have wanted to bomb abortion clinics in the past, but it’s not on public record and can’t stir a debate. You’d have to be a fly on the wall of his mansion to find that out.

    Tod Leiweke was great for this franchise. Did all of his decisions pan out the way we had all hoped? No, but he energized a fan base and made the experience at Qwest a million times better than any other venue. He was active in the community and made sound financial decisions for the franchise. A healthy financial franchise is a winning franchise, when the commitment is there.

  11. two words: isiah thomas.

    great player, but awful coach and executive.


  12. Let’s find someone who has been in the business of running a pro football team – or at least a major sports franchise – and has successfully grown a franchise through the years and weathered hard times too. Those are the qualifications for the job.

    There should be plenty of V.P.s out there who are ready to take the next step in their career.

    Largent is a good poster boy for the team. I have to avert my eyes from his disastrous political career and lame lobbying career, but he deserves an interview and some local attention – just for old time’s sake.

    Then, let’s move on to the real candidates for the job.

  13. snydro22 says:

    Amen, Stevos.

  14. Give me a break. Largent left football years ago. We need a CEO who knows the football business of this day and age, not 30 years ago.

  15. God forbid Allen hire someone more interested in the health of the community and teams than the all mighty dollar.

    Those high profile CEO’s have been the down fall of this country. And the decay you can not denie

  16. Snydro22 and Dukeshire are dead on. I loved Largent as a Hawk and was thrilled to see him get into the HOF. But he has no business running the Hawks…especially with his right leaning ways in what has been a blue state. I don’t want any former or current politicians running our beloved Hawks.

    I also agree with Stevos…get someone with experience running a professional sports franchise, preferably someone with a Football background.

  17. snydro22 says:

    Without doing any research, here are my list of candidates:

    VP of Packers

    VP of Steelers

    VP of Saints

    VP of Patriots

    VP of Vikings

    There’s 5 guys to choose from – Good luck Paul!

  18. VP of Packers – Team is community owned, run by a board of directors committee of 45. They have an elected VP but who gives a rip other than zippo

    VP of Steelers – After the backlash Roethlisberger suffered for his off field actions doubt this is a good example for your candidate

    VP of Saints – Only Christians in the house and as part owner I doubt she, Rita Benson LeBlanc would have interest.

    VP of Patriots – None here. Witch KRAFT brothers run the show

    VP of Vikings – Rob Brzezinski who crafted the Hutchinson contract, a duplicate of the 1993 Will Wolford deal. I’m sure that would go over real well.

    Paul Allen: “Thanx for playin’. Stage left for pin the tail on the donkies”

  19. I do think that there are valid reasons to not consider Largent a perfect fit as Seahawks CEO, but now we are applying a political litmus test to the team’s hirings?
    Syndro, you have said a lot of stupid things on this blog, but today you have outdone yourself…”forcing 15 year olds to become pregnant”?
    And Duke, I am disappointed in you. I always thought your comments were reasoned, and now you inject politics into a football blog.
    i thought you libs were all for diversity of opinion and freedom of speech.

  20. BenderHawkFan says:

    I bet Duke will have a hard time sleeping tonight, knowing that you’re dissapointed in him

    Lmao…gimme a break.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Lol. What did Terence Mann say when Ray Kinsella tried to kidnap him in Field of Dreams? “Oh my god! You’re from the 60’s aren’t you?!? Peace. Love. Dope…!” Lol.

  22. What about Rich McCay in Tampa Bay?

  23. Supertbone says:


    “airbags says:
    SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 AT 11:59 AM
    two words: isiah thomas.

    great player, but awful coach and executive.


    I have two words for you-

    Nolan Ryan.

    And all others who think that politics are a big deal- get over yourselves… Not everything IS politics.

    Nolan Ryan was an awesome player. Face of franchises for years…

    After baseball he was a spokesman for the NRA, talked about as a potential republican candidate, part owner and chairman of a bank, served on a wildlife

    Obviously, once he took over as president of the Rangers, having a baseball guy helped that franchise… His beliefs do not factor into how that team is run as far as I can tell…

    The same thing can happen here- remember- Largent was known for his focused work ethic… he WAS the Seahawks for years. That ethic would really help the team.

    Leave the politics out of it… I don’t believe that people walk around with their beliefs on their name tag. I think that a job is a job and he may be the right one for this position.

  24. Whatever1214 says:

    In the name of diversity they need to hire a gay African-American female Muslim. That way when the team ends up in next to last place any criticisms can be attributed to homophobia, racism, sexism and Islamophobia.

    This is Seattle after all.

  25. Besides, Largent lost his run for Oklahoma’s governor because he alienated the pro-dog fighting voters when he came out against legalization of dog-fighting. We can’t have someone who opposes dog-fighting running a football team. We need that killer instinct, don’t you know.

    Good grief, you people are insane.

  26. Wow! That is an interesting choice. The potential implications have been well expressed. I think Paul may be feeling like he owes god for getting him through Hodgkins for the second time. I beleive he wants to live long enough to see the Hawks win a superbowl. Does that guy ever know when to stop negotiating?

  27. ruminator1 says:

    every time we enter into politics and religion on here the cracks and the cranks come out in the open. embarrassing. as someone with strong political bias i just hate it when people with opposite views start to spew their idiocy and ignorance. in other words, i am not fair-minded and really cannot tolerate certain views. they make me mad and i want to shut them up, not just because i disagree but because they violate my sense of propriety. keep politics and religion off of sports blogs, let our disagreements be over logic and .sports knowledge and opinions.

    now Largent is an interesting test for me. respect him tremendously for his approach to football and his accomplishments as a player; despise his self-righteous approach to politics. really have no idea how he would be as a football exec because i don’t know of any track record. so i am less than enthused about hiring him. he might be good; he might be horrible. because of my biases, i probably would not hire him. i have wanted the hawks to take a look at tony washington. would Largent promote that? doubt it.

    having said all this, i note how the hackles get up when someone brings up abortion, illustrates racism or homophobia, sexism etc. someone mentioned nolan ryan. ugh. a great player who i would not want being a spokesperson for any team i rooted for. a lot of high profile sports figures
    are big fans of the NRA and support private ownership of assault weapons. that means that i instantly react. my bad maybe. but i shouldn’t have to read this stuff on a sports blog. and if you are going to hire someone for a high profile position, hire someone who is not divisive re political and religious opinions.

    finally,even if the candidate agreed with my political views, i still wouldn’t want those views to be involved in their hiring and especially in the organization’s public pronouncements and decisions.

  28. Okay, I agree in large part with those who disparage Largent’s political career. When I think of Largent, I remember him making some physics defying catch, his devastation of Mike Harden, or then time he came into a restaurant I worked at, and after he and his family finished their meal he spent more than 10 minutes signing autographs for the kitchen staff and wait staff. Not only was he a fan favorite, and the best at his position up to that point, but he was a *heck* of a nice guy to boot. The anti-T.O. if you will.

    Also. I worked in an IT department where the office we worked in was a tiny hole in the wall with six of us in it for eight-plus hours per day. Very close quarters. One guy never engaged in the debates we would have, but the rest of us split two ultra-liberal types vs three hard core right wing conservative religious types.

    We had some *awesome* discussions, some *raging* debates, and some sincere brain picking sessions and none of us ever budged an inch. We got along very, very well by focusing on the things we had in common. Our work, our love our of our families, our love of our country and our foundation of basic human decency.

    The other thing that held us together, in spite of our major philosophical differences, was that we were all extremely adept at our jobs.

    We discovered that the key to co-existing was that foundation of basic human decency and being good at our jobs. I can attest (from one in-person meeting that left me “wowed”) to Largent’s foundation of basic human decency, and am willing to trust PA as to whether or not he would be good at the job of CEO of my beloved Seahawks.

    I would leap at the chance to sit down with Steve Largent and share our views of the world and debate the points we differ on. I doubt that I could change his mind on even a single issue, but I’d sure give it a shot. I doubt that he could change my mind either, but would love to have him try. One thing I am confident of: I would leave that meeting with my respect for the man undiminished, and an autograph, because I lost the napkin he signed for me years ago.

  29. 2 questions…

    is Leiweke the manager in charge of this hire? I know allen will have input if not final say, but im sure he trusts Mr. Leiweke to select someone in the same vein as himself.

    Will the new hire be responsible for running the sounders as well?

    I think the most important matter is that this new person must not mess with the current alignment in seahawks upper management. Personality is going to be a very important matter in the selection. The relationship and business structure between Pete and Schneider should not be tinkered with. Leave a good thing alone.

  30. snydro22 says:

    How did I miss the Field Of Dreams reference earlier?


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