Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette Seems Haunted By That Super Bowl Pass
His piece is called "The Pass." You know the one. The one that wasn't. The one that should never have been, if millions of Monday morning couch quarterbacks had their way. The one that cost the Seahawks two straight Super Bowl titles. The one that made Malcolm Butler a hero, and Pete Carroll a goat. And Ricardo Lockette seems haunted by it.
Lockette, who was as close to the play as anyone not named Butler, wrote about his memory of The Pass in The Players' Tribune. When we think of the guys involved in that play, we think of Russell Wilson, the quarterback who threw it; Marshawn Lynch the running back who didn't get at the goal-line; Carroll, the coach who called it; Butler, the one who caught it. Lockette is an afterthought, which is probably a good thing for him. It's not like he ran the wrong route, or made the wrong play. He just got bested, on a slant off a pick no one had been able to stop yet that season. Not his fault, at least not too much.
And yet, Lockette's retelling of the play read like something out of a horror story (emphasis ours):
I can’t watch the film. I absolutely can’t stand to see it... People have told me all sorts of things about the last play of Super Bowl XLIX. I wouldn’t know. Whenever it comes on, I turn away.
Before I have time to think or be nervous, the ball is snapped. I take off. Jermaine Kearse sets the pick in front of me, just like we’ve done it a hundred times. I’m looking at Russ … I’m looking at Russ … I see the ball coming.
I see that ball coming, man. I’ll never stop seeing it.
I will never forget that pain. Never.
People would come up to me after we lost and be like, “Well, you know, Malcolm Butler made a perfect play. You just gotta tip your cap to him.”
That’s ridiculous. That’s like saying someone shot your brother, but it was a really good shot. It doesn’t make it hurt any less.
The rest of the piece is your standard fare on TPT: A story of how Lockette came to be an athlete, then an NFL player, then a key contributor to the Seahawks. Looking forward, he is filled with hope as he stands on the cliffs overlooking Hawaii's shores, remembering how far he has come to be standing there with Russell Wilson, whom he hugs while wearing an Hawaiian shirt. Etc. It's nice.
But damn. "I'll never stop seeing it." That's some Stephen King shit. Time to let it go, man. We're over it. Society has moved on.
Well, sort of:
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