- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 24, 2009

Steve Largent is a Hall of Fame receiver. He was Jim Zorn’s teammate in Seattle, and they remain close friends.

In 1982, Zorn and Largent crossed the line as the players’ strike began to fall apart - a decision, it was reported, based on religious principle. Largent cited Matthew 5:36-37, saying “your word is your bond” and “all contracts shall be honored as with God.”

In 1989, Largent became the first Seattle player to win the Steve Largent Award for “spirit, dedication and integrity.”

In 1994, Largent was elected to Congress from a district in Oklahoma, where he served for eight years.

In 2006, Largent was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

And on Oct. 23, 2009, Vinny Cerrato, the Washington Redskins’ executive vice president of football operations, said Largent was, to put it delicately, misrepresenting the truth.

I now will list Cerrato’s credentials to establish his credibility.

He starred in the 1994 movie “Kindergarten Ninja,” portraying police Sgt. Antonelli.

The first 20 minutes of Cerrato’s radio show, “Inside the Red Zone” on ESPN 980, were must-listen radio Friday for the absurdity and incredulity factors alone.

First, Cerrato declared Zorn would remain the coach of the Redskins “for the rest of this season and hopefully into the future.”

Really? Even if the Redskins’ game against Philadelphia on Monday turns into a national embarrassment of epic proportions?

Even if Zorn continues to make clear with carefully measured answers that the presence of Sherm Lewis as play caller is something with which he was forced to “comply”?

My, my. The capacity of this franchise to create entertaining drama hasn’t come close to its zenith. And as Cerrato said on the show, fans want to be entertained.

“There’s been a lot of false rumors, media speculation, unnamed sources out there all the time,” Cerrato said. “I hired Jim, along with Dan Snyder. And obviously we’re all very disappointed by the season performance thus far. In fact, Dan constantly talks about how disappointed he is for the fans. And we’ve got great fans.”

You mean the fans shouting “sell the team, sell the team” at the owner’s box during the Redskins’ 14-6 loss to Kansas City on Sunday? Or the ones behind the bench cursing out the players in the final minutes?

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