The Seattle Seahawks led from the first snap of the ballgame and never looked back, clobbering the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in the Super Bowl Sunday night.
The win earned the Seahawks, and Albany native Ricardo Lockette, their first Super Bowl title.
The former Monroe Tornado had one reception for 19 yards, and made two special teams tackles in the win.
His high school coach Charles Truitt was watching the game and rooting for Lockette to make a play.
"Ricardo doing what he did last night is big for the Monroe program, and also the city of Albany," Truitt says. "I was cheering for them on offense and defense and also for Ricardo. Him making a play like he did in a Super Bowl game was real big, a big plus for him."
Lockette is now the second Monroe alum to win a Super Bowl, joining former New England Patriot Deion Branch.
Branch won two Super Bowl titles with the Patriots, and was named Super Bowl XXXIX MVP.
Truitt says having two Super Bowl champs come from the Tornadoes program means a lot to Monroe.
"We feel we're on the upswing with our program, so if we continue to have athletes that play in big games like that, it'll be big for our program," he says. "It's a good motivational prepper for the kids and its great for those athletes that got a chance to play in the Super Bowl."
He adds it's nice that both Lockette and Branch give back to the program, which could help push current and future Tornadoes.
"Ricardo came back this summer and worked with our kids," Truitt says. "It's a situation where if they come out and put the extra effort in, they can have the opportunity to be the third person to be in the Super Bowl. But it all goes with hard work."
Lockette and the Seahawks returned to Seattle Monday night, where they will have a victory parade on Wednesday.
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