Tyler Lockett and David Moore turned heads on Monday when they arrived to CenturyLink Field in matching Canadian flag onesies.
One could surmise that the outfits were a shout out to teammate and Canada native Luke Willson. But after some careful investigative journalism, NBC Sports Northwest has uncovered why the Seahawks receivers felt it prudent to make such a gesture in Willson’s honor.
It turns out that the tight end was tasked by Pete Carroll with being the caretaker for Lockett and Moore while they battled the flu last week. Carroll referred to Willson as the “juice master” and the “passion coordinator.”
“He just supported us and made sure that we were good and that we were still in it. When you have the flu, it’s devastating,” Lockett said following Monday night’s win against the Vikings. “You’ve got to have people that are there to carry you on. That’s exactly what Luke did for a lot of us.”
Luke Willson is the most gregarious and energetic player in the Seahawks locker room, and it’s not particularly close. He’s the mastermind behind “techno Thursday,” and he’s often seen hooting and hollering at anyone within earshot.
So last week, whenever he saw Lockett or Moore, he’s shout them out. He yelled “flu game” at Lockett (in reference to Michael Jordan’s flu game) and “rat in a cage” at Moore (in reference to the Smashing Pumpkins song “Bullet with Butterfly Wings).
“I don’t know what these things mean, man,” Willson admitted about the jargon that comes out of his mouth. “Keep the vibes going, you know? They had the flu. They were sick.
“My dumbass was sitting here with a bum leg, not sick, but unable to perform. I figured I might as well do something. Pete kind of gave me the role of watching my guys D-Mo and Lock and make sure they’re vibed up.”
Willson said he was half being a “pseudo troll” and half genuinely trying to help keep spirits up. He did say he was honored by Lockett and Moore’s gameday outfits.
According to Moore, he and Lockett already had the onesies from a joint trip to Canada back in January. They’d been waiting for an opportune time to pull them out. Monday was the perfect moment in a necessary ode to Willson.
“That caught me off guard,” Willson said. “I didn’t know they were doing that. I mean I was hyped. I feel like they’re Canadian legends now, you know?”
Willson has missed Seattle’s last two games with a hamstring injury. He was on the field doing a rehab workout when Lockett and Moore arrived. Everyone told Willson he needed to hustle to the locker room in order to see them.
“I was pretty hyped,” Willson said. “I don’t know how I’m going to repay the favor, but I’ve got a few ideas.”