RENTON – Tyler Lockett wasn’t expecting to see the clip of the season-ending injury he suffered last Dec. 24.
He was attending a draft party for one of his best friends.
“A little kid that was about 12, 13, ended up coming up to me, said, ‘Look,'” Lockett said. “That’s when I looked, and it was me breaking my leg.
“That was the first time I saw the play.”
The play was amazing and it was excruciating. Amazing because Lockett held on for a touchdown catch despite being obviously injured as the defender fell on top of him. It was excruciating because of the very obvious injury in which his leg suffered multiple fractures.
Less than eight months later he was back on the field practicing for his team, and this week he was featured in the Seahawks Spotlight on “Danny, Dave and Moore.”
“It doesn’t scare me or anything like that,” Lockett said of seeing the injury. “It was just a freak accident. Something that happened, and I learned about life throughout those whole eight months off. I wasn’t going to let that injury determine what my NFL career and my future was going to look like.”
Lockett did not appear in a preseason game, but was ready for the regular-season opener where he resumed his duties returning kicks and punts in addition to catching seven passes, which ranks second on the team after two games.
It’s the culmination of eight months of work for Lockett to rebound from the injury.
“I wasn’t going to come back and have excuses and blame that for me not continuing to grow and become a better receiver/returner and all those things,” he said. “So I just used it as an advantage. I wanted to continue to build myself up, get myself back up to where I was.”