It’s pretty remarkable that Tyler Lockett is now onto his third contract considering his gruesome broken leg suffered in the penultimate game of the 2016 season. Lockett signed a lucrative four-year, $69 million extension recently, a payday that has him in a reflective and grateful mood.
Lockett admitted he still thinks about the serious injury and how much he’s overcome since.
“Of course. I tell some people all the time, when I broke my leg I lost half-a-step,” Lockett said. “It’s not like I need that half-a-step, it’s just something, you know, I miss that half-a-step sometimes. You learn how to adapt.”
That’s a significant admittance, but it also makes it more impressive that both of his contract extensions have come since the injury. Lockett has posted two 1,000-yard seasons and two double-digit touchdown campaigns in the four years since breaking his leg.
He explained the life lessons that came with the setback and how he doesn’t allow himself to dwell on not being fully his old self.
“Breaking my leg sucked. I had to learn how to walk. I had to learn how to crutch around. I had to go through the process, but even after that, I couldn’t sit on my butt and complain about what I missed out on or what didn’t work out for me. I had to come back and figure out how to play my best ball.”
Very seldom are NFL players playing at 100%. Everyone knows that playing hurt to varying degrees is part of the job description. Lockett recalled that just one week before breaking his leg, he hurt his knee against the Rams and was unsure whether he could finish the game.
He did return to action and ended up catching a 57-yard touchdown from Russell Wilson on a post route.
“That was probably my favorite play because I didn’t think I was going to be able to go back in. People were shocked, and I was shocked,” Lockett said. “The reason I tell that story is because you learn that you’ve got to make it work. You never know what’s going to happen or what adversity is going to come your way, but you figure out how to make it work.”
He has certainly made it work all right, and the Seahawks are hoping he’ll continue to do so for the foreseeable future as one of the team’s offensive centerpieces.