Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent says the decision to un-retire his No. 80 jersey in 2004 in order to let fellow-Hall of Famer Jerry Rice wear it was a “double whammy” on both players by then-Seahawks president Bob Whitsitt.
Largent told NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk that Whitsitt called about the request. According to Largent, Whitsitt said that Rice sought permission to wear the retired number. Largent gave the go-ahead.
But, Largent claims that Whitsitt called Rice and told him that Largent extended the offer to let Rice wear No. 80.
“So (Whitsitt) did a little double whammy on both Jerry and myself to ensure that Jerry Rice gets number 80 and (Whitsitt) can sell a bunch of number 80 jerseys or something but it was kind of a scam on both myself and Jerry Rice,” said Largent.