ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany native will play in his third straight Super Bowl Sunday when the Seahawks face the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Ricardo Lockette is no stranger to the big game, and neither is his family.
Most kids dream of playing in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl and lifting that Lombardi trophy.
For Ricardo Lockette, it's become almost an annual event. One walk through the Lockette's door and you can tell the excitement they have for Ricardo and his team.
A signed Super Howl helmet, a 49ers headpiece and a helmet from Fort Valley State illustrate his path.
"Oh man, it's been a great experience. We give God all the praise. He has really blessed us. Ricardo has had a wonderful career," said Ricardo's father, Earl.
The speedy wide receiver started his career in Seattle in 2011 and is back after a short stint with the 49ers and Bears.
Sunday marks his third Super Bowl appearance in the last four years; a feat unheard of in sports.
"Talking about watching your name sake, to see that L-o-c-k-e-t-t-e on the back of his shirt is just amazing. It's awesome," said grandmother Helen Lockette.
"We're real excited. And we're so proud of him," said his mother Felita.
Some family members are still in disbelief. "In my wildest dreams I never thought that I'd be one, going to a Super Bowl, and two, going to see my grandson play in the Super Bowl," said grandfather Willie Lockette.
The family is taking advantage of the opportunities, even his grandfather, Chief Superior Court Judge in Dougherty County, will step away from the bench to cheer on his grandson.
"I'm taking some time off, going to see something that is something that I'll never forget as long as I live, and it doesn't get any better than that," said Willie Lockette.
Only four of the Lockettes made the trip to the big game last year, but this year, "This year, it's gotten a little bit bigger," said Earl Lockette.
At least 18 to 20 of number 83's biggest fans will head to Arizona. "I am just pinching myself, asking myself every day, is it actually going to happen?" said Helen Lockette.
It is happening, and although his father says he isn't surprised at Ricardo's success in the NFL, he admits the team accomplishments he's been a part of are rare.
"Out of all the expectations, you never think that you would be playing in the NFL, and you would be a Super Bowl champion," said Earl Lockette.
"Words just don't express exactly how I feel about my grandson," said Helen Lockette.
Words may be sparse, but the cheering and excitement are plenty.
You can watch the big game Sunday night right here on WALB.