Pro Football Hall of Famer Largent Imparts Leadership Know-How

September 15, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University’s Leadership Speaker Series kicked off Thursday morning with an inspiring speech about leadership delivered by Pro Football Hall of Fame member and former U.S. Congressman Steve Largent.

“We need leaders who lead by personal example,” he told a crowd of approximately 150 business leaders, Madonna supporters and alumni. “People follow what you do, not what you say.” 

Largent, from Tulsa, Okla., graduated from the University of Tulsa. In 1989, he retired from professional football after 14 seasons as a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995; among his accomplishments were being the first receiver ever with 100+ touchdown receptions and holding all NFL receiving records upon retirement. He also served in Congress as a U.S. Representative for Oklahoma.

Drawing from his life experiences on and off the field, Largent shared his thoughts about what makes a strong leader – calling to mind the character, integrity and work ethic needed to be successful at the top.

“Humble people are able to accomplish more when they set aside their ego,” he said. “I was able to accomplish more because of my faith in Christ.” To the student-athletes present, Largent advised, “It's really important to figure out, early on, who you are and what you stand for, and then live by your beliefs.” 

Additional speakers are scheduled for Dec. 8, Feb. 9 and June 8. To become a member of the Leadership Speaker Series please contact John Doyle, director of development at 734-432-5737 or

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