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Lockette represents Albany in the Super Bowl

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany family is preparing to travel to New York for the Super Bowl to watch a loved one play.  His family will be in the stadium February 2nd to watch he face the Denver Broncos.    

Inside one Albany home, an ocean of Seahawk fans cheer for their favorite player, Ricardo Lockette of the Seattle Seahawks.  

"Well, he always told me when he was in high school, he was like 'Mom I'm gonna be famous one day,' and I was like 'Anyway Ricardo, get in there and wash those dishes.'"  

And he said 'mom, I told you this was gonna happen,'"  said Felita Lockette, his Mother.  

Ricardo Lockette played for Monroe High School before playing college ball at Fort Valley State, then working his way to the NFL. It wasn't an easy road.   

"My encouragement was stay the course.  Be encouraged.  Don't give up on your dream.  This is your dream,"  said Helen Lockette, Grandmother.   

He was on the practice squad of the Seahawks, then the 49ers before getting re-signed by the Seahawks.    "Even when he was on the practice squad, every time I'd talk to him, I'd say son you're on the practice squad, but practice like you're the star wide receiver.  Your day is gonna come, and all we want you to be is ready to take the field,"  said his Grandfather, Judge Willie Lockette.   

Now, Number 83 is on the field, and his family never misses a game. "With Ricardo, persistence.  What we found as parents, this was one thing he really loved and as a parent, when you see your child loves something, you support it,"  said his Father Earl Lockette.   

They even record their favorite plays and re-watch them like it's the first time they've seen it.      After years of support, Lockette's father, mother, grandfather and brother will cheer him on from the stands.   

"We're going to New York, and we're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to see our son play, so we're elated," said Earl Lockette.   

It's an accomplishment that has the entire family brimming with pride.  Ricardo was with the 49ers when they made it to the Super Bowl last year, but he didn't get to play in the game.

This Super Bowl trip will be the Lockette family's first visit to the Big Apple.

 

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