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NFL Man of the Year Nominees 2021 | Seahawks |


Tyler Lockett


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Position College Years in the NFL
Wide Receiver Kansas State 7

Demonstrates Excellence on The Field

Tyler Lockett is a Two-time Pro Bowler and three-time AP All-Pro as a return specialist. He ranks fourth in franchise history with 40 receiving touchdowns, fifth with 5,329 receiving yards, and sixth with 405 receptions. Tyler also ranks second with 1,071 punt return yards and fourth with 3,188 kickoff return yards. This season he became the fourth player since 1990 to record multiple touchdown receptions of at least 60 yards in his team's first two games of a season (Steve Smith Sr. in 2007, Randy Moss in 2005, and Jerry Rice in 1991). Tyler established the franchise record with 100 receptions in 2020, topping his previous career-high of 82 set in 2019. He totaled 1,054 yards eclipsing 1,000 for a second-straight season, becoming the sixth player in club history to do so. Tyler became the second player in NFL history with at least five receiving touchdowns, a kickoff return TD, and a punt return TD in a single season.

Demonstrates Dedication and Commitment to Community Efforts this Year

Tyler Lockett's impact in the community has spread from Seattle to Kansas, where he attended college and all the way to his hometown in Oklahoma. Through his Light It Up Foundation, Tyler continues to improve the lives of others through a variety of programs and initiatives. He supports many different demographics through his charitable work, including the Black community, kids, students, youth sports, homelessness, domestic violence victims, and many more. This year, through his College Scholarship Program, seven students were selected to receive $34,000 in scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year. Students awarded scholarships have been admitted to Tennessee State University, Wichita State University, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Oral Roberts University, and Tulsa Community College. Through Tyler's Youth Sports Leadership Initiative, he identifies youth sports organizations that could excel and benefit from clothing donations, funding, and leadership principles. This year, Tyler identified three organizations in Oklahoma that received $21,000 in Adidas uniforms and funding to support their sport.  Partnering with the Kansas State Athletics Department, Tyler provided $10,000 this year to the Kansas State football team to implement the Catapult data tracking technology for the 2021 season. This wearable technology allows teams to track player distance traveled explosive plays and load (physiological toll a movement takes). Providing teams with more player data will enable them to make decisions to manage the health and safety of players.

In 2021, the Light It Up Foundation donated more than $32,000 worth of clothing, shoes, and food to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. The Tulsa Day Center serves those who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness. They treat both the symptoms and the causes of homelessness through their work, pursuing a future where every Tulsan has a home.

This year, Tyler donated $6,000 to support Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Tulsa's only nonprofit agency that provides comprehensive intervention and prevention services to men, women, and children affected by domestic and sexual violence.

Demonstrates Dedication and Commitment to Community Efforts in Years Past

From the moment Tyler joined the Seahawks in 2015, his spirit of giving back to his community has been a part of his everyday life. He has made an incredible impact in a variety of communities across our country. In 2019, Tyler launched a Job Shadow program. The program identifies high school seniors from disadvantaged backgrounds in Tulsa and provide them with opportunities to learn from leaders across all industries. In the first year of the program, three students visited the Seattle Seahawks and learned from various departments across the organization. Each student selected received a college scholarship from Tyler as well.

Tyler has a passion for supporting the Black community and advancing efforts in Social Justice and Racial Equality. Tyler used his platform in various ways throughout 2020, encouraging everyone to use their voice and vote in the election. He recorded multiple videos, including Celebrating Resilience during Black History Month, the promotion of a documentary called Black Boys, and the reading of his poem, Reality vs. Perception. Tyler continues to find ways to support the Black community and educate others on Black history. This year, he teamed up with Tulsa's Fulton Street Books & Coffee to raise money for Black-owned businesses while shedding light on black history with a series of bookmarks.

Tyler has supported a variety of Seahawks Community Engagement efforts supporting youth in the community, including speaking at a variety of Character Playbook events, encouraging youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs through the Game Changers program, and providing joy to Make a Wish kids. He makes appearances at schools throughout each year, even surprising some kids virtually during the pandemic. Tyler participates in My Cause My Cleats each year, raising money and awareness for the incredible work of his foundation. Tyler's giving continues through the holidays as well. Each year, Tyler selects twelve families in need in the Tulsa area to receive Thanksgiving holiday gift baskets filled with all the essentials to feed a family up to ten for the holidays. He also provides Christmas gifts and holiday food for more than 40 children and their families each year.

Demonstrates Consistency in Positive Character and Models a Lifestyle of Giving Back

Tyler models a lifestyle of giving back through his consistent charitable giving and teammate mentality. He has a passion for giving back and making that a key component of his life. Tyler has been a part of every community – Tulsa, Kansas & Seattle – he continues to give back to each of them year after year. Tyler is the ultimate teammate, not just on the field but, more importantly, off the field. He has built great relationships in our community with not just non-profit leaders but also with corporate partners. These relationships with companies like Safeway, Lumen, and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health have made an even more significant impact in the community. Tyler believes that everyone deserves a chance to shine, and through the work of his Light It Up Foundation, he creates access for his community to do just that. Tyler is a published author, having published his first book of poetry, Reflection, in 2019. In his book, Tyler explores identity, sports, race, relationships, and how to have a purposeful life. This poetry has inspired those around the world to pursue their dreams. This year, a group of kids from Urban ArtWorks created a mural at Lumen Field inspired by Tyler's words.