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Friday Round-Up: Tyler Lockett Previews Super Bowl LVI On 'The Zach Gelb Show'

The Seahawks wide receiver joined Zach Gelb to discuss what he’s most looking forward to seeing on Sunday, what makes the NFC West so tough, and more. 


Good morning, 12s. As we enter Super Bowl weekend and get set to officially wrap up the 2021 NFL season, here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, February 11 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Tyler Lockett Previews Super Bowl LVI On 'The Zach Gelb Show'

The anticipation has been building for weeks, and now Super Bowl LVI between the Rams and Bengals is just two days away. For Bengals fans, it's the dawn of a new era, with the team reaching its first Super Bowl since the 1988 season behind young talent like Joe Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase and Trey Hendrickson. For the Rams, it's a chance to finally capitalize on a string of regular season success in recent years, and a chance to avenge a Super Bowl loss just three years ago to the Patriots.  

This week, Tyler Lockett sat down with Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio to discuss which aspects of the game he's most looking forward to, how the Seahawks are able to respond to playing tough teams like the Rams in the NFC West, and more. Click here to listen to the full conversation, and check out some highlights below. 

Gelb: "This matchup, the first thing I think about is the wide receivers. We've got some good wide receivers coming up on Sunday."

Lockett: "I'm really interested in seeing what the game is going to do, how the events are going to turn out, because like you said, the Rams have a really great defense. Obviously you can put Jalen [Ramsey] on Ja'Marr Chase, and you've still got Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins to worry about. But I think that they could possibly be able to eliminate that if the D-line is able to get to Joe Burrow as fast as possible. But I also think that when you watch the way Cincinnati played against the Chiefs when they were down 14-0 and came back, they were taking all the short passes. It's hard to be able to do that in the NFL, because a lot of us want to be able to see the great plays, see the highlights, but the Rams' defense is built to eliminate explosive plays." 

Gelb: What was your thought when Matthew Stafford was traded to the NFC West?

Lockett: "It's hard to even think about that type of stuff, because you know that no matter who's there, it's always going to be one of the hardest divisions. So when Matt Stafford goes there, you're like, 'Okay, so now they've got Matt Stafford. Okay, well now they've got Von Miller. Okay, well now they've got Odell.' And you've still got to know that regardless of who they have, it's going to be a physical battle every single game. And sometimes it comes down to a couple of last-play drives. You've got to be able to make things happen, but it's hard because once you go from a team like that, then you turn around and you're like, 'Okay, now we've got to play Deebo Samuel, now we've got to play Garoppolo, we've got to play Fred Warner and [Nick] Bosa.' You start going down the line and you're like 'Okay, now we've got to play J.J. Watt and Chandler Jones and Budda Baker.' … A lot of people say whoever comes out of this division is going to be the one to go to the Super Bowl, and that's what we've seen happen." 

Gelb: Do you feel like you get proper credit nationally for the things you've done on the field?

Lockett: "Probably not. But that's just something that happens. I don't think I'm a player that fits the mold of a receiver in the world's eyes. I don't think that I'm a player that will ever fit the mold that they want to be able to see. For me, I just think that the world has capped my ability to underrated, and I think that in the world that is what it'll always be. But as long as I focus on how I see myself, the way that I play, and just being able to be the best that I can within the system I'm put in, that's all you can really do and that's all you can focus on. But if I was 6'1" and doing all this type of stuff, maybe it's a different conversation."

Bobby Wagner And Delta Air Lines Send Delta Community Captain To Super Bowl LVI

On Christmas Day 2021, 18-year-old Josiah Burnley was honored as our Delta Community Captain, and was surprised by Bobby Wagner with two tickets to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. Delta is covering the two roundtrip airfares for Josiah and a guest.

Josiah's mom was in on the surprise the entire time, but Josiah himself had no idea who he would be talking to on the Zoom call, or that he would be receiving any gifts or honors at all. He was shocked to see Wagner and was overwhelmed by all of the surprises. Josiah will also be receiving a prize pack, a Bobby Wagner jersey, and a Delta Community Captain personalized football.

Josiah was one of six winners from the Seahawks Players' Equality and Justice For All Scholarship earlier this year. The Seahawks Players' Equality & Justice for All Action Fund was originally launched in 2017 to support education and leadership programs addressing equality and justice. In 2021, the fund awarded $250,000 to a college scholarship fund created in partnership with the Seattle Foundation.

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