If you haven’t heard of Luke Willson, then you better start paying attention. No, I am not talking about the actor, the one that’s the brother of Owen Wilson. I am referring to the backup tight end for the Seattle Seahawks, who was the fifth round draft pick in 2013 and has exceeded expectations during his rookie year.
All Canadian Seahawks fans should know about the real Luke Willson. Willson grew up in LaSalle, Ontario and was a natural athlete as he played many different sports. He played high-level ice hockey, but decided to quit when he got offers for football. Willson also played for the junior national Canadian baseball team and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. And, of course, Willson played football at Rice University.
At Rice, Willson was overshadowed by San Francisco’s 2013 second round draft pick tight end, Vance Mcdonald. But, the Seahawks saw something in Willson that they really liked and made a great decision by drafting him. In fact, this year Luke Willson’s numbers are superior compared to Mcdonald’s. Willson has 20 receptions for 272 yards and 1 TD. Mcdonald, on the other hand, has only 8 receptions for 119 yards and 0 TD. This is a true testament to the hard work that Luke Willson has put in and it is most definitely paying off.
Anthony McCoy, who was this season’s projected number 2 tight end for the Seahawks, went down with a torn Achilles tendon before the season had started. Willson, all of a sudden, had to step up and learn the playbook quickly while still playing at full speed. He did just that, and Seahawks fans have been pleasantly surprised by the production that Willson has put up. He has made many excellent catches and has blocked very well. His first touchdown came in a huge game against San Francisco. On that play, Luke Willson used his top notch athleticism to beat pro bowl linebacker Patrick Willis and caught a nicely thrown ball by Russell Wilson, and didn’t stop running until he reached the end zone.
After that game fans got to see a bit more air time on Luke Willson. He responded well to all the attention and stayed humble throughout the process. He dressed for success in interviews and he stayed positive, even after the disappointing loss to the 49ers. Willson also has been actively involved in the community, recently volunteering at Tent City 4, which is a homeless encampment. Luke Willson is a great role model for young fans and continues to put smiles on their faces through his play, both on and off the field.
Pete Carroll has been impressed with the production of Willson. “To play so early and contribute in such a variety of ways, and he’s really just getting started. He’s a tremendous prospect for us for the years to come.” Carroll is obviously excited to watch Luke Willson as he continues to improve throughout the years in a Seattle Seahawks uniform.
Watch as Willson plans on quickly coming back from his high ankle sprain that he suffered in the last game of the season. Luke Willson tweeted this on January 1, “I’m all about the Canadian quick healing blood.” Seattle fans can count on Willson being a difference maker as the Seahawks continue to compete for the final prize. So, will the real Luke Willson please stand up, and put all of your fingers on each hand up. And, catch another touchdown pass, from your quarterback, Russell Wilson. Touchdown Seahawks! Wilson passes to a wide open Willson! A last name worth mentioning twice, in one sentence.