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NFL 2016: Tyler Lockett Rockets Into Elite Company
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett capped off his impressive rookie season by being selected to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist.
"He just looks unstoppable out there," says Seahawks head coach PETE CARROLL about Lockett.
Lockett joined Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS (1965) as the only rookies in NFL history to have at least five touchdown receptions (six), a kickoff-return touchdown and a punt-return touchdown.
"Tyler is a one-of-a-kind talent and a one-of-a-kind person," says Seattle Pro Bowl quarterback RUSSELL WILSON. "He's as good as it gets. He's so exciting with the ball in his hands."
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Lockett began his career by returning a punt 57 yards for a touchdown on Kickoff Weekend, becoming the first rookie to score a touchdown on his first career punt return on Kickoff Weekend since 2005 (San Francisco's OTIS AMEY). In Week 3, Lockett recorded a 105-yard kickoff-return touchdown -- the longest in franchise history -- and became the second rookie in NFL history to have both a punt-return touchdown and a kickoff-return touchdown in his team's first three games to start a season (TONY GREEN, 1978).
"Tyler had a fantastic season," says Seahawks head coach PETE CARROLL. "He had a terrific season for us as a receiver as well as the effect he had as a returner. He's such a great competitor and a fantastic kid on our team."
Lockett earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month Awards in both September and December/January, becoming the second rookie in NFL history to win multiple Player of the Month Awards (TAMARICK VANOVER, 1995).
"He's special," says Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl return specialist DARREN SPROLES about Lockett. "You can't defend him. He's trouble everywhere on the field. He's a player where you've always got to know where he's at."