Tyler Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett admitted he contemplated to opt out of the upcoming NFL season due to coronavirus pandemic as his preexisting heart abnormality waa giving him certain concerns. Medical checks at the scouting combine in 2015 revealed that Lockett's aorta is on his right side and his NFL career was briefly in danger.
"So just with everything that happened in COVID, that was one of my biggest issues was just trying to make sure [this heart condition] wasn't gonna affect me if I was able to go out there and play," Lockett said Friday on a video conference with reporters, per ESPN.
"Obviously, nobody really knows. You've got doctors who kind of give you what you need to know up front, what they think and what their biggest opinion is of it, but I think I had my chance to opt out, and I said that if I come up here, I'm gonna just play.
"I know that we've got Pete [Carroll], we've got a lot of older coaches. They don't want to put themselves in a situation to get sick neither, so I told myself if they could do it then I know I could do it.
And if I'm going to come out here and play, then I'm just going to do what needs to be done. I'm not going to stress about COVID. I did that from February to before we came into camp."
Lockett was also concerned because most of his family members have asthma
Lockett's cousin contracted the coronavirus several months ago and it got so bad to the point where she thought she wouldn't make it.
"It was bad," Lockett said. "I would get messages from her mom and she would send me like a long paragraph and stuff because my cousin never told me. She was just telling me how she was having a hard time breathing, she really didn't feel good, and when I ended up talking to my cousin after she ended up overcoming it, she had told me that there was one day where her body was just aching so much she had told a woman ...
basically like she really didn't think she was going to make it. She was like, she didn't think her body was going to be able to deal with what she really felt another day." Lockett revealed the cousin has asthma, as does much of his father's side of his family.
"That's why it made me question if I wanted to come play," Lockett admitted. "I have a lot of stuff in my family to where I don't want to put anybody in jeopardy."