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" A child can escape the shadows. "
" Any kid who grew up with an alcoholic parent will tell you how nauseating it feels never to know what it will be like when you come home. "
" Football players should always remember there's a whole lot more to life. "
" Frequently I get asked if I'd rather have spent my career in a big city like New York or Los Angeles, where the exposure would be greater than in Seattle. My answer is no, not at all. Exposure is not important to me. "
" I always felt the gifts you need as governor were more suited for my personality. I'm a good team player, but I'm not a policy wonk. In Congress, you need 218 votes to make anything happen. When you're governor, you're the CEO of the state. You establish the vision and standards for the state. You're the leader. "
" I always thought of myself is a private-sector person. I was a reluctant candidate. I put in my time. Now it's somebody else's turn to take charge. But I am still very interested in politics. "
" I am pro-death penalty, but not an enthusiastic death-penalty person. I think there's a place for it, that it should serve as a deterrent. "
" I can't tell you how important it is for people on the public stage to utilize that stage in a constructive, positive way. When you're in the public eye, you have a decision to make - whether you are going to be an influence or not. "
" I don't think I was a year too late or a year too early in retiring. If the Seahawks had been in the playoffs a year later, I might have had some regrets. "
" If I conduct myself publicly and privately in a way that is honorable, not just to the people of the district that I represent but to God, then I will feel like I have been successful. "
" If studies come out and show that playing football is detrimental to your health for the long term, even for the short term, I think that's up to the players then to make the decision about whether they're going to play or not play. "
" I might not be a great athlete, but I think I'm a real good football player. "
" I'm not bragging, but just going Sunday to Sunday, it will be a real rare game when I don't catch a pass. "
" I needed somebody to love me, and the people that I chose were my coaches. I would sacrifice my body to be successful for my coaches because I wanted them to love me, to respect me, to have positive feelings about me. "
" I never dreamed I'd be in Congress, or even in the NFL, for that matter. Well, I guess I dreamed about being in the NFL, but I didn't believe it would happen. I'm not the biggest guy. But I guess that's the story of my life. "
" It brings a smile to my face every time I look in the record book and see my name with the likes of Hutson and Lance Alworth and Raymond Berry, some of the fabled receivers of the NFL. It's all like a dream to me. I can't believe it's true. "
" I think leadership is more than just being able to cross the t's and dot the i's. It's about character and integrity and work ethic. "
" I think when you've been exposed to the Creator of the universe, then the federal government doesn't seem very powerful. "
" It's hard, or you wouldn't like it. A lot of coaches really don't like what they're doing. "
" It's still fun to come to games, and it's still fun to be in the Seattle crowd. "
" It would have been a lot of fun as a receiver to play. "
" 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, and I just imagine people going, 'That's Steve Largent?' "
" I've seen guys come along with more ability - they've been faster or bigger or stronger - but they never worked hard to develop themselves. Sometimes I've wondered what I could have done with their talent. On the other hand, the tag that I was too small and slow made me work hard. "
" Life is very good. I'm the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Wireless trade association, the CTIA. "
" No culture that has ever embraced homosexuality has survived. "
" People are very interested in having access to wireless data while they are on a plane. "
" People are very protective of their cell phones, how it's used, where it's used and how much it costs. It has become a very personal issue for a whole lot of people in this country. "
" People say, 'I'm for job training. We can train people to increase the likelihood that they can be self-sufficient.' Okay, that's great, you're for job training - I like job training - but do you think the federal government should have 163 different job-training programs? "
" Some receivers are like sports cars: they have a lot of speed and flair. Me, I'm like an old pickup truck. I just bounce around and try to get the job done. "
" Sometimes Congress likes to milk an issue. "
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