During the Seahawks’ run to the Super Bowl in 2005, Sean Locklear was the team’s “other” tackle. That’s not a dig at Locklear. It was just a fact of life, because nine-time Pro Bowl tackle Walter Jones was on the left side – and paired with guard Steve Hutchinson, also an All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection that season.
Sunday, Locklear will start his 10th playoff game when the Seahawks meet the Bears in a divisional-round matchup at Soldier Field. So he has been there for several of the greatest moments in franchise playoff history – and is one of only seven players on the current 53-man roster who was on that ’05 team.
To help celebrate the Seahawks’ return to the postseason after a two-season absence, Seahawks.com asked Locklear for his favorite playoff memory. His choice might surprise you, until you stop and think about it:
“For me, it was against the Redskins the year we went to the Super Bowl. We were known for running left all the time, of course. We called on off-tackle play to (fullback) Mack Strong – to the right side – and he got a first down to seal the game.”
That was in the fourth quarter of the divisional-round game at Qwest Field. The Seahawks had a 17-10 lead, with roughly five minutes to play. On third-and-6 from the Seahawks’ 48-yard line, the ball went to Strong – not Shaun Alexander, who was on the sideline after getting a concussion in the first quarter; or Maurice Morris, Alexander’s backup. And, Strong went right – not left. He ran for 32 yards to the Redskins’ 20. Four plays later, Josh Brown kicked a 31-yard field goal, and the Seahawks were on their way to the NFC Championship game.
“For me, that was a defining moment – just because we were running to the right side for once, and we got a big first down to win the game,” Locklear said.
That game also marked the Seahawks’ first playoff victory in 21 years.
“That whole game was huge,” Locklear said. “Just because of what it did for the city of Seattle.”
Not to mention the Seahawks’ “other” tackle.