Tyler Lockett earned more than $ 50 million by playing football.
He holds the Seahawks record for receptions for the season; in 2020 he had 100 catches. The 29-year-old Lockett began his career in 2015 as an All-Pro and Pro Bowl participant, being a newcomer to Seattle.
He was one of the most successful broadcasters in the NFL.
However, being among the best in the world in what he does, and earning a wealth of generations with the Seahawks, Lockett struggled and played with depression and anxiety.
He announced this week.
Lockett spoke at length after practice on Tuesday during organized teamwork in the offseason about the importance of mental health. He spoke of the mental health initiative he and his team launched this week in professional sports – and society – that had largely been ignored for decades.
“Yes, I feel it is changing. But I feel we are moving very, very slowly, ”Lockett said on Tuesday.
“There are people who just end their lives by suicide, and they have a whole life ahead of them.
“It’s just hard because everyone feels they have to get to this place now – for example, ‘I have to get married in my 20s, I have to have millions of dollars, I have to be successful.’ And it’s just hard to keep up, because at some point when we grew up, a million dollars was a lot – but now everyone wants 10. It’s going on. It never stops. “
What he says is more important than landing, catching and winning football games.
“At some point we need to be able to take a step back and ask ourselves,‘ Who are we competing with? Am I competing with other people, competing with myself? Or do I just live my life to be able to get where I think I need to go? ‘”Loket said.
He and his teammates were wearing white Seahawks T-shirts after Tuesday’s workout with the inscription “Mental Health” on the front.
On Wednesday, Lockett revealed specifically why he continues to talk and raise awareness about mental health.
“Two years out of my 7 years in the NFL so far I’ve experienced depression and anxiety, almost quit and spent my best year,” He wrote on his Twitter account online. “I played the injury another year and spent my best year. The moral of the story: just keep going. You never know what awaits you on the other side! ”
In the spring of 2020, a coronavirus pandemic shut down America, but not the NFL. Lockett is considering abandoning the league season, which will fall for the winter.
The league has allowed its players to opt out this year due to problems with COVID-19 and essentially terminate their contracts without crediting the year under the contract.
Elbow feared catching COVID while traveling as Seahawks and staying at a hotel to play road games and then put vulnerable family members and friends at greater risk.
He eventually decided to play his sixth NFL season. It was his best yet.
He broke the franchise record of Doug Baldwin and Bobby Engram when he had 100 receptions in 2020, a career-high 132 goals. His 10 landing passes from Russell Wilson equaled Lockett in his career. His 57 first falls were his most of the NFL season. Lockett also had his second year in a row, earning more than 1,000 yards (1,054) for the second time in his six-year career.
Lockett now says he did it all after almost quitting because of his mental health.
In 2021 he re-signed with the Seahawks for four years, until the 2026 season, with a $ 37 million guarantee. Last season Lockett entered the Steve Largette Hall of Fame as the only Seahawks with three seasons in a row with 1,000 yards.
“Looking back, I’m so happy I kept going” Posted by Lockett on Twitter Wednesday. “I’m a strong-minded person, and when faced with mental health situations, I tried to hurry up and fix it as if I was injured and the practice got treatment during the day and I’m fine. But with mental health, you have to be real with yourself. ”
Lockett wants us all to be true to ourselves and our minds.
“I think just talking about mental health is very important,” he said, “because we just live in a world, a society and a generation where we feel everything should be fun. We must be successful. We have to look good. We have to play well. There is no room for error here. We cannot be wrong in this generation. We need to be exactly who everyone thinks we should be.
“And I think it affects us mentally because it’s getting harder and harder because we’re imposing these unrealistic expectations on ourselves. And now we are starting to get depressed because we are comparing ourselves to what some have and we don’t have. “
Destigmatizing mental health
This week, the Seahawks launched their mental health initiative. It seeks to destigmatize and normalize mental health issues and encourage conversation on the subject.
Cornerback Sidney Jones is another Seattle player who has admitted to battling depression and anxiety. The former University of Washington tore the Achilles tendon during its UW Pro day shortly before the 2017 NFL draft. As he said on the website of the Seahawks team, he was helped by a therapist. Last season, Jones played for Seattle in pink shoes with the name and logo of the nonprofit Mental Health America at League Week, “My Business, My Boots”.
“It’s very important to me because it’s something I’ve experienced personally.” Jones told seahawks.com.
“I was injured by Achilles before being drafted, and it was a big shock to me. The first surgery, the first serious injury, and it led me to some dark times. I tried to be positive about it, but I had a moment when I just didn’t feel it and it pulled on me. I didn’t notice that I needed help, maybe in a couple of years, and I never had a chance to talk about it.
“But coming out of it, coming out of this dark space, I got some help, talked to the therapist and figured out how.”
Lockett, three years older than Jones, knows that he and Jones talk openly about mental health and fighting it is still not the norm for professional sports. Or for people their age.
“The hardest thing in this world and, as I said, in this generation, is that it doesn’t allow us to be vulnerable, because when we’re vulnerable and talk about things, people use it against us,” Lockett said. “They laugh at it. They talk about it and they use it for what is necessary to fit their stories or opinions when there are real people who are hurt. There are real people who are looking for help and need a safe place.
“I just feel like we can start this, you have to have a safe place and someone can listen, but you can’t just wait until someone commits suicide, you can’t just wait until someone dies to say we have to start talking about mental health because that’s what we need to do. We need to take steps to prevent this from happening and I just feel these are necessary steps to allow people to have this safe place.
“If it’s not public, then we can have it privately.”