Seattle Seahawks rookie receiver Richard Lockette was all smiles talking to reporters in the locker room, talking about being on the active roster for the first time in his professional career.
“It’s a dream come true, man” Lockette said. “I’ve been waiting on this since I was five or six, playing little league football and my dad being the head coach.”
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll announced the move was official today, and that Lockette had earned the spot by his work in practice.
The 25-year-old has made several impressive catches in practice the past, few weeks.
“The Rocket is coming up, and we’re happy to make that move for him,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s been practicing like crazy and working like he’s been part of the roster.”
Lockette said that he’s greatly improved since arriving at the VMAC as a green rookie in July.
“I would say I’m a totally different athlete,” Lockette said. “Coming in from a small school to being on the practice squad, I learned a lot from the players around me like Sid (Sidney Rice (Rice) and Obo (Ben Obomanu). I just kind of sat in their shadows and learned everything possible.”
Originally from Albany, Ga., Lockette said he initially was offered a scholarship from Auburn, but his SAT scores weren’t good enough and he instead attended Division II Fort Valley State in Georgia, where his father played running back and his mother played volleyball.
Lockette won the Division II national championship in the 200 meters, and his best time is 20.37. His personal best in the 100 meters is 10 seconds flat.
“I just try and translate that to the field and control my routes a bit more,” Lockette said. “And hopefully I get a chance to make some big plays with the Seahawks.”
Lockette wanted clear something up – he’s not a track guy playing football, but a football player who ran track.
Lockette said he only participated in track for three years during college, but has played football since he was six years old.
Lockette said he was at the dentist when he received the call from Seahawks general manager John Schneider that he was being added to the active roster.
Carroll said that linebacker Leroy Hill (stinger) and offensive guard Robert Gallery (hip) are the only injuries of note, but that both are optimistic that they will be ready on Sunday.