Tyler Lockett was born in Tulsa and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. He was named to PrepStar magazine’s All-Midlands Region team, while he was a first team all-state and all metro selection by the Tulsa World. In addition to football, he was a top competitor in basketball and track. He caught 42 passes for 765 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior season, had 54 tackles and six interceptions on defense. He led the Hornets to a 13-1 record and a win in the 5A state title game.
Lockett is the son of Kevin Lockett and Nicole Edwards. His father played seven seasons in the NFL with Kansas City, Washington and the N.Y. Jets. His uncle, Aaron Lockett, played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and in the Canadian Football League.
Following in his father and uncle’s footsteps, Lockett chose Kansas State where he was one of the top wide receivers and all-purpose players in school history and was Kansas State Wildcats’ first four-year All-American. He was one of just three players in school history to earn all-conference honors all four years. He set 17 school records, including career marks for receptions (249), receiving yards (3,710), receiving touchdowns (29), 100-yard receiving games (17), kickoff-return attempts (77) and kickoff-return yards (2,196). Lockett topped his father, Kevin, for the school’s career receptions, yards and touchdowns records.
As a senior, he received Consensus All-America honors, First Team All-Big 12 as both a wide receiver and kick returner and earned the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year award for the second-straight season. He led the nation in punt-return average (19.1), while he ranked third in total receiving yards (1,515), all-purpose yards (2,279) and punt-return touchdowns (2), and seventh in receptions (106). He led the Big 12 in receiving yards in addition to all-purpose yard and had eight 100-yard receiving games to tie the school record, including finishing the season with a school-record five-straight 100-yard games. He was a Campbell Trophy, Senior CLASS Award finalist and a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, while being named the Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year and a First Team Academic All-Big 12 performer.
He was drafted with the fifth pick in the third round (69th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Seattle traded its third-round (#95), fourth-round (#112), fifth-round (#167) and sixth-round (#181) picks to Washington to move up in the third round to select Lockett. He is the second-highest player drafted out of Kansas State and only the fourth player drafted out of Kansas State in club history.
During his rookie year with the Seahawks, he became the second player in NFL history (Hall of Famer Gale Sayers) with at least five receiving touchdowns, a kickoff return TD and a punt return TD in a single season. His 51 receptions were the fifth most single season receptions by a rookie in franchise history. His 1,915 combined yards gained were the fourth-most combined yards gained in a single season in franchise history and the franchise rookie record. His 139 punt return yards are the most punt return yards in a single game in franchise history.
He was the only rookie to be named to the Associated Press All-Pro 1st team. He was also voted to be in the Pro Football Writers Association NFL All-Rookie Team (2015). Lockett was selected to the team at three positions: wide receiver, punt returner and kickoff returner.
Off the field, Lockett is busy helping others by visiting children in hospitals, elementary schools and Boys and Girls Clubs. He often brings underprivileged children to practices. Plus, he has surprised high school football teams by attending their practices to help out. He is currently setting up his own foundation with its mission to make a difference in the lives of others. This summer he will host football camps for high school players.
The Iba Awards were created in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to recognize an influential premier athlete for his and/or her success in their sport, and more importantly, for being a positive role model who gives back to his and/or her community – not only by donating to worthy causes, but by being personally dedicated and involved in his and/or her chosen charities.
This year’s keynote speaker is a professional football icon and one of the greatest to ever play the game, Emmitt Smith. Returning as master of ceremonies will be The News on 6 Sports Director John Holcomb, who served as the emcee in 2011. The Chairman’s Award, which has only been presented four times in the 23-year history of the Iba Awards, will be presented to Amy Wollmershauser, a multiple international gold medal winning Special Olympics athlete from Tulsa. Other sports celebrities will be attending the event including Barry Switzer, area coaches and players.
The awards are named after Henry P. Iba, former Oklahoma State University basketball coach and coach of three U.S. Olympic basketball teams. He was an unparalleled success as a coach, a leader and a citizen and these awards recognize and honor athletes who best exemplify a high degree of citizenship in his image.
This prestigious black-tie-optional event will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 27, 2016. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation, The Little Light House and Special Olympics Oklahoma.
For tickets or table sponsorship information, contact the Rotary Club of Tulsa at
918-584-7642 or online at ibaawards.com.