Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett Tweeted Thursday about a medical scare at the 2015 NFL combine.
With the NFL combine underway, Seahawks rookie Tyler Lockett took to Twitter and Instagram Thursday to relate a story of a medical scare he had at the same event in 2015.
Lockett, who played at Kansas State, wrote that an initial diagnosis of a CT, or cat, scan left him wondering for a brief period if he might be done playing football.
Wrote Lockett: “Around this time last year at the combine. I was told that I’m not be able to perform until some test was ran on me. I took a cat scan that took about 15-20 minutes and it determined if I could ever play football again. It was the longest 15-20 min and scariest 15-20 min of my life. They cleared me to play. Then doctors I had to visit said it’s too risky, asked my major and basically said football may be over. Told me if I get hit hard I might die off impact, Etc. I told him I don’t believe that God would bring me this far and tease me and then I don’t make it. one of the most emotional days of my life. I broke down as soon as the doctor left the office. I don’t know if they doubted the God that I serve or if they didn’t understand the purpose that I was given. They told me football was too risky. But obviously God showed me something different! As I look back at my first year I went from not even supposed to play again according to some doctors who hadn’t seen anything like it to God showing me what He has planned for me in my life!”
Lockett later Tweeted that: “I post that to say. It was a very trying time in my life. But the docs who I heard from was wrong about some of the things they told me” and that “I got more accurate results and they said I was perfectly fine to continue on with my purpose! And that my friends is my testimony.”
Asked about Lockett’s Tweets Thursday, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said: “They did have — not to get specific about it – but there were some interest in an area. And as soon as they took at a look at it they figured it out and they solved the issue pretty quickly. There was a time there – and you’d have to talk to him about how long that time frame was – that he was a little uncertain as to what would happen next. That happens to some guys this time of year.”
Lockett was drafted by Seattle in the third round a couple months after the combine and went on to make the Pro Bowl as a returner specialist, returning both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown during the regular season, while also ranking second on the team with 51 receptions for 664 yards.
Carroll mentioned Lockett Thursday during an answer detailing why he is excited about the team’s future.
“Tyler of course had an incredible season, totally gave us a great boost in the return game but did a fantastic job at receiver,” Carroll said. “Can’t wait to work him into all the stuff that we are doing.”