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24 Hour Rule: Kevin Lockett on his son's success

Tyler Lockett's father, Kevin, talks about his rules of success following Tyler's third-round draft pick.

Kevin Lockett calls it the 24-hour rule.

He taught his four sons to celebrate their successes, but be ready to turn the page 24 hours later. The same time-frame applied to moving past disappointments or losses.

It's a rule that his son, Seahawks third-round draft pick Tyler Lockett, still follows.

"Believe it or not," Kevin Lockett said a day after his son was drafted, "it's quiet here today. Tyler is already moving on to the next step of what he needs to do to get ready for rookie mini-camp in Seattle next weekend."

While Tyler focused on the business at hand, Kevin appeared guilty of breaking his own rule as he proudly gushed about his son's accomplishments.

"First and foremost, Tyler is a big competitor. Skill-wise he understands football, zone schemes, man-to-man coverage, he's an accomplished route runner.  There are things he can do better and he'll learn more in Seattle…he's willing to do whatever it takes to help the team."

With the 69th pick the Seahawks choose Tyler Lockett from Kansas State.

Tyler was born into competition. He followed in the footsteps of his father and his uncle both of whom played at Kansas State and went on to NFL careers.

"He's seen it is a big competition," Kevin said. "He attended the same middle school, high school and college as me and my brother. The fact that we both played in the NFL that's a big challenge and has been a big internal motivating factor for him."

That motivation led to a standout career at Kansas State. Tyler set 17 school records including three that were previously held by his father: career receptions, yards and touchdowns.

"You always hear the words 'Records are meant to be broken.' I think most people believe that but when your record is about to be broken, you start feeling differently. When your records are about to be broken by your son you really cheer hard. It made his senior year at K-State special for the family because each week a record was in jeopardy. It was even more special because he kept the team first. He's a special kid with a special heart."

Kevin said he had plenty of time to prepare to relinquish his records. It was inevitable the moment Tyler stepped foot on campus.

"He was one of the few who hit campus and didn't redshirt so when coach used him as a true freshman and I saw him perform well against juniors and seniors, that's when I knew my records were in jeopardy."

Tyler validated his father's instincts his junior and senior year when all the pieces started coming together.  He earned all-conference accolades as both a wide receiver and an all-purpose player his junior season and rewrote the record books as a senior – all while playing for Bill Snyder the head coach who had also coached his father and uncle. Tyler was five years old when his father was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs.   

"He really grew up in an NFL locker room," Kevin said. "And I think that's something that he took and put in his internal time clock and thought 'When I have a chance that's what I aspire to do.'"

Being in an NFL locker room as a child won't take away the challenges he'll face as a rookie. Kevin predicts it's the speed of the game that will take the most to get use to, but he suspects Tyler's professional career could follow a similar path to his college career.

"I think a lot of it is mental. Once you have some level of success somewhere in NFL you can build on that.  Seems like he'll have an opportunity to step in on the return game. The return game is the starting point to wanting to get the ball in his more and then use him more as a receiver. It's the same thing that happened at K-State."

For now, Tyler is simply focused on helping the team any way he can and looking forward to being in Seattle next weekend.

It's understandable, however, if Kevin wants to extend the boundaries of his 24-hour rule and celebrate his son's accomplishments a little longer. 

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