With Election Day looming, we ran down the 48-year-old football Hall of Fame receiver and former U.S. congressman who is the Republican nominee in the race to succeed Oklahoma governor Frank Keating.
SI: President Bush was recently cited by Runners' World for being an exceptionally fit commander in chief, after he ran a three-mile race in 20:29. Think you can beat him in the 40?
Largent: Oh, I can take him in the 40, but maybe not in the longer distances.
SI: Ever tell voters on the campaign trail that you were twice ranked with the likes of Brad Pitt and Tom Selleck as one of PEOPLE's Most Beautiful People?
Largent: It depends on which group of people I'm speaking to.
SI: Why should the people of Oklahoma vote for you?
Largent: Because I really love this state. I'm a competitor, and I believe Oklahoma doesn't have to be the seventh-poorest state in the country.
SI: Do you have a favorite of your 819 career catches?
Largent: Well, I have a favorite play. That was hitting [Broncos safety] Mike Harden [in 1988] after he'd knocked out two of my teeth in a previous game with an illegal hit.
SI: What was harder: getting a bill past President Clinton or getting by Raiders cornerbacks Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes?