HE'S AS ALL-AMERICAN AS THEY COME. AND WHEN he arrived, 41 years ago, at 10 lbs., 4 ozs., "I was the biggest baby in the whole ward" at St. John's Hospital in Tulsa, says Steve Largent. A nurse "even put a toy football in my crib and said, 'This boy is going to be a player.' " Sure enough, Largent starred as a wide receiver with the Seattle Seahawks for 14 years, and in 1988 his 5'11" frame wras immortalized on a Wheaties box. These days, the Hall-of-Famer runs plays in Congress as a conservative Republican from Oklahoma. Smitten young constituents may get "all giggly and silly" around him, he admits, but "the attention just rolls off like water on a duck's back." That's because Largent only has eves for his high school sweetheart—and wife of 21 years—Terry. She is partial to "those blue eyes," she says, "but more than that, his smile. It's very captivating." Mrs. Largent doubles as Steve's barber. "I just tell her to give me the regular," he says. "It always looks the same." So does the rest of him. Largent maintains his playing weight of 190 by lobbing tennis balls, lifting weights and horsing around with his four kids."Exercise," he says, "is a tremendous stress reliever." Good thing too. "I've always had this nightmare of going back to the Kingdome and seeing myself waddle in bald, overweight, with a big belly hanging over my belt," he says with a shudder, "and. I just imagine people going, 'That's Steve Largent.' "
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