Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, October 2 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
ESPN Looks At Tyler Lockett's Off-The-Field Career in Real Estate
Ninth-year wideout Tyler Lockett continues to etch his name in Seattle's record books, making his case as one of the league's best receivers. Off-the-field, Lockett is doing just as much as a growing real estate agent. Brady Henderson of ESPN’s NFL Nation looks at the Kansas State renaissance man’s journey to defy the odds, as far ‘more than just a football player.’
Last week, Lockett celebrated his 31st birthday, sharing the day and his hometown (Tulsa, OK) with Seahawks Legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Largent. The Kansas State alum scored the walk off overtime touchdown in Week 2's 37-31 victory over the Detroit Lions to give the Seahawks their first win of the year. Lockett has recorded four-consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, and needs just 418 yards to surpass legend Brian Blades (7,620) for No. 2 in franchise history behind Largent. Lockett (546) also trails Blades (581) by 35 receptions for second all-time for Seattle. As ESPN's Brady Henderson explains, being good for Lockett isn't enough, on-or-off the field.
Last March, Lockett proved to himself and others just how versatile he is, earning his real estate license to sell properties in his spare time. From taking classes to selling homes across the Pacific Northwest and beyond, Lockett's latest venture is more proof of his uncanny work ethic and charisma. Fellow wideout DK Metcalf reflected on Lockett's hustle, after helping him to secure his latest property this offseason.
"Just for him to be able to do that and balance football and not miss a beat on the football field just speaks volumes of the type of person he is," said Metcalf. "The type of player he is. He's taking it very seriously. That's all he wants to talk about on the side when we're not talking about football. I'm pretty sure I can get my real estate license with as many conversations as we've had. He's just always looking to expand himself, and this is one way of doing it."
In May, Lockett’s Liv N Serve Real Estate firm became official partners with the Seahawks, as the franchise’s official realtor. Since becoming licensed, Lockett has taken part in seven transactions, as he looks to list more properties on the market. The Tulsa native discussed establishing a good rapport in the real estate world through valuing relationships.
"The biggest thing when it comes to real estate is the relationships," said Lockett. "Because that's what keeps a client at the end of the day. In every relationship, you've got to have great communication, and you've got to have complete and brutal honesty, and sometimes that's the hardest part. ... They have this idea of, 'This is what this house is going to be [sold] for and this is all I'm willing to accept.' And you've got to learn to not only be able to talk them down or talk them up, but meet them where they're at and communicate with them to a level where only they'd understand. It's kind of like when you're voted captain. You've got to be able to do that same thing with your teammates."
Finding balance is key, as Lockett continues to add more to a loaded plate. In 2022, Lockett managed to produce (and win an Emmy) for his documentary Through The Ashes: The Story of Black Wall Street, detailing the economic boom and ultimately the 1921 Black Wall Street Massacre in the Greenwood section of the city. Over the last 365 days, Lockett has gotten married to his longtime sweetheart and went head-first into the realty business.
"The hardest part about being able to start your second career is everybody is always holding you to that one career," said Lockett. "And because there's so many things that come ... with this game of football, people always say you only need to focus on this, if you're not doing good it's because you're doing all this other type of stuff. But we have dreams, too, and we have things that we want to accomplish ... not only for ourselves but our families and our future families as well."
What Lockett is doing for his future isn't the norm, but the Kansas State alum refuses to be put into a box.
"You have to fight through so much just to be able to show people you're more than a football player," said Lockett. "Going into this year, I've already been almost a year in, and now people see me as more than just a football player. They see me not as somebody trying to see what it's like to be a realtor, but they see me actually as a realtor now."
There's no set timetable for how many more years we'll get to see Lockett achieve greatness on the field while maintaining a busy schedule of side jobs, but watching the 31-year-old become successful across multiple avenues is worth tuning in for.
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