Seattle Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett is a Pro-Bowler kick returner and a play-making poet whose Spoken Word performances are inspiring audiences!
- [Reporter] Tyler Lockettis a versatile NFL talent,
an instinctive and creative play maker
as both a receiver a Pro Bowl returner.
This Lockett shows his heart,
not only making plays in the field,
but using play on words
as a hope-filled, spoken work poet.
- So how can you seewhat it's like to be me
if you ain't never been in my position,
when it's easy to put myself in a box
and try to live then togo out here in this world
and try to be free?
What it is that you want to say
to be able to get them to see
your side of the perspective,
to be able to impact everybody
at the place that they're at,
kids, adults, anybody.
- [Reporter] Like his oratory art,
Tyler's impact with a footballprovides him room to create.
What's the mindset?
What's the view you have
when you get the ball on a return?
- All I see is open space.
Obviously, we have a game plan.
We have holes that's supposed to be open.
You gotta be able to lean how to set it up
and learn how to be able totrust everybody around you.
It's all about being ableto set up the blocks.
You just gotta learn how to be creative
in the way that you do it,
but also to be able toput yourself in a position
to help the team be successful.
- So Tyler, how does this skill,
from both of your positions,
as a returner and as a receiver,
what does it provide you with?
- Well, first, I thinkit helps you with value
'cause in the NFL,
it's all about the more that you could do
to be able to be a receiverand do both returns.
It kinda gives you a position
to be able to be on that dev chart.
Whenever you look at the return game,
it helps you with beingable to transition.
When you have the ball inyour hands, it's on you.
You make everything happen,whether you catch it,
whether it's a reverse.
It can turn into a punt return.
- It does seem like there'sa lot of creativity,
and that hits your sweet spot, right?
Are there similaritiesbetween you, as a poet,
and you, as a football player?
- You gotta be able to be creative,
but I think you gottabe able to make people
believe what you're doing,
and I think that's the biggest thing
because of the way you run routes,
if you try to give them a littlenod, they gotta believe it.
So in my poetry, if I don't believe it,
if I don't think it sounds good enough,
then I know that they not gon'think it sounds good enough,
or they're not gonna believe it.
- [Reporter] What is the pondering
and the expression of spoken work for you?
- In my spoken word,
instead of me pointing at other people,
I put it all in my shoes
because it's easierfor somebody to relate.
It takes away any type of feelings
that people had towardsnot wanting to accept it
because now, it's notanything going after them.
They can grasp what you're saying.
So I try to put it to where everybody
can relate and understand.
- What would be the best thing to happen?
Where and how do you want it to impact?
- I don't always putthe hope in the message,
but there's other times that I do.
You know, I had a friend
who had talked about committing suicide,
and I had put that in a poem.
In order to be able toget him out the dark,
you gotta turn on a light
so he can be able to see what it is
about his life that people appreciates
and how his life is important
and impactful toeverybody else around him.
It's like little analogies
so people can be ableto get and understand.
And now I'm at the place where I wanna be,
and I know exactly who I'm gonna be,
and who I'm gonna reachand who I'm gonna teach.
Now y'all looking at melike boy, you better preach,
but if I preach it, then I gotta live it.
- Wow, well said, you wordsmith, you.
How do you live what you preach?
- Being able to keep yourself accountable.
I mean, if you don'thave that accountability,
if you don't have somebodythere to push you or help you,
you gotta learn how to be able to push
and help yourself becauseat some point in time,
you're gonna be isolated.
The closer you get to God,
the easier it is for you tochange because it just happens.
It's not like you gottaforce yourself to do it.
That's all that's about is being you
and being able to get closer to God.
And you understand theprice that was made for you,
how Jesus died on the cross andyour sins were paid for you.
- In spoken word, scripturesare referred to as the word.
Does scripture look orsound differently to you?
- You see what scripture says
to that situation to where now,
you can try to add certainthings into your poems,
so when people are like oh wow.
You know, okay.
I think when you read the word,
I think you start seeing the little things
and how it kinda does affect your life.
'Cause a lotta people gon' pay attention,
but if I live it right,
then they'll realize that Jesus Christ
is the one they're missing,
and if he's the missing piece,
then they can finish their puzzle.
Dudes ain't gotta go onthem streets and struggle.
- [Reporter] How has yourcompanionship with him,
your savior, how has that shaped you?
- To me, honestly, he's everything.
You're gonna get to the point
where it's like it has to be more.
What is it that's gonna keep me going?
What is it that gives me apurpose not to be depressed
and not to have anxiety ornot to be fearful of death?
The one thing that keeps you going
is to have faith in God and to believe
that Jesus came and died for everything.
He's giving you the things that you need
to live a fulfilled, thankful life.