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Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett on the team’s secret to success

Tyler Locket (left) and David Moore (right). (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

With just two games left in the regular season, Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett came on the Dori Monson Show to share the excitement with listeners ahead of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

At 11 wins and three losses, the Seahawks are looking hopeful as the NFC No. 1 seed.

“I think it has been a great ride,” Lockett said of the 2019 season. “Obviously our record has been pretty outstanding, but I think just the process of being able to get there, the preparations week in and week out, just the position that we have been placed in … has been the most exciting part about this season so far.”

The secret to the Seahawks’ success is the team’s ability to get everyone to “buy in,” according to Lockett. Whereas other NFL teams make every day about the business and moneymaking aspects of football, Lockett said the Seahawks focus much more on the fun and passion of the sport.

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“For us, we treat it as if this is the first time we’ve ever played this game. Everybody loves this game, we show the passion, we show the energy, we show the chemistry every single day, every single week,” he said. “We truly find ways to make this fun and make this exciting. The difference is, we know that we have to be here from 8 to 5 — you can either dread it, or you can just be able to find a way to make it exciting.”

The camaraderie also comes from a sense of humility among every team member, regardless of position or seniority.

“Every position group is close, so when you have things like that going, it just makes the dynamic of the team so much better,” he said. “We know who we’re playing for, we know who we’re fighting for, we know the reasons why other people play this game, and it makes us not only want to play for what we play for, but to also make sure that we do our job to help somebody else.”

As an example, rather than doing individual celebrations after a touchdown, the Hawks do choreographed dances as a team, such as the New Edition dance they performed at the Dec. 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

“It’s more fun when we’re all involved, it takes away from all the things people are going through … It allows people to open up, allows them to have more fun, allows them to relax if they’re overly stressed and are having anxiety over everything that’s going on,” he said. “It just allows you to let loose, and I think that’s the fun part just about our team, that we have people who are willing to put themselves out there and do celebrations.”

Listen to the Dori Monson Show weekday afternoons from 12-3 p.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

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