SEATTLE— Youthful Boy Scout Brian didn't hesistate when given the opportunity.
When his favorite Seattle Seahawks player, Tyler Lockett, sat on stage and briefly took questions from the audience Friday afternoon at the 2017 Friends of Scouting Luncheon, he went for it.
"Is your leg still broken?" he curiously asked.
It was a hilarious way to cap Lockett's entertaining appearance at the annual luncheon in downtown Seattle with approximately 500 business and community leaders. Led by luncheon chairman and former Washington governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, the event honors current and former Boy Scout troop leaders for their outstanding leadership, dedication and passion and helps raise money for the next generation of members to maintain scouting programs at the highest level. It's one of the largest fundraising events in Chief Seattle Council.
As a guest for a roughly 20-minute Q&A on stage with Gee Scott of 710 ESPN Seattle, Lockett shared valuable lessons and insightful information about his leg injury and more for those in attendance. Here are some highlights:
On how his rehab is going: "It's going pretty good. If you didn't know, I broke my leg. I didn't feel anything, by the way. It looked more painful on TV than when I actually experienced it. I actually told the doctor I didn't think I was hurt, but I guess my tibia bone said otherwise. But it's going really good, I'm in Seattle with a lot of the trainers and they're doing a great job getting me healthy and getting me to go back out there ready for the season. I'll definitely be back."
On what keeps him motivated during rehab: "I think one of the things that definitely keeps me motivated is my faith, just because that was the reason why I started and that's going to be the reason why I decide to finish it at the end."
On what the mindset is like transitioning from college to the NFL: "I'll say this, anybody that ran track knows that if you weren't in the first heat, you're in the second, third, fourth or fifth. Well I consider college to be the second heat, so you can be one of the best in the second heat, but when you come to the NFL, you're with all of the dogs. You're with the people who have the same speed as you, who are stronger than you, who are longer than you. But the thing about it is, the reason why you're able to be in the first heat is because you do what you do best. When I started transitioning from college to the NFL, what I started to realize was that, first of all, those first three, four, five months are a job interview. Anything you do can or will be used against you. You learn a lot of those things and you learn how to carry yourself."
On what he's learned about preparation, which is one of the Boy Scouts' mottos: "I think the biggest thing that I've learned is that you never know when it's going to be your time, so you have to be able to prep for it each and every day. For instance, I got hurt, so Paul (Richardson) made sure that he was going to be right to be able to go in and make sure that we don't miss a beat. And that's exactly how it has to be for anybody … I think being prepared allows everything to go slower for you."
On which three teammates he thinks would be good Boy Scouts and why:
- Doug Baldwin: "Doug is super serious and he makes sure he does everything that somebody asks of him, even if they don't think he could possibly do it."
- DeShawn Shead: "I think DeShawn Shead would be a good scout, I can see it."
- Bobby Wagner: "I think Bobby wins because Bobby does everything right. Bobby is the definition of true character. When all else fails, Bobby is going to make the tackle. That's how I see him. After you ask him to do one thing, before you even think about it, it's already done every single day."
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Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett spoke at the annual Friends of Scouting Luncheon on April 7.