Willson in 2013
|No. 82 Seattle Seahawks|
|Date of birth:||January 15, 1990|
|Place of birth:||LaSalle, Ontario|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||252 lb (114 kg)|
|High school:||LaSalle (ON) St. Thomas of Villanova|
|NFL Draft:||2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 158|
|CFL draft:||2012 / Round: 5 / Pick: 32|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2016|
Luke Michael Willson (born January 15, 1990) is a Canadian football tight end for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Rice.
He attended St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Secondary School in LaSalle, Ontario, near Windsor. He was selected to the all-conference three times in high school. He had 29 receptions for 638 receiving yards along with eight receiving touchdowns in his senior season. He was selected as St. Thomas of Villanova High School's Athlete of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons.
Willson played as a tight end for Rice University each year from 2009 through 2012.
In 2011, he was selected to Phil Steele's midseason All-Conference USA team as tight end. He was selected to the Consensus first-team preseason All C-USA and also was selected to the first team of Dave Campbell's Texas Football All-Texas College preseason team before his junior season. He finished his junior season with 29 receptions, 313 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns.
Willson played in every game for Seattle in 2013 and scored his first touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers. At the end of the regular season, Willson was graded as the second most valuable rookie TE by Football Outsiders, despite being the eighth TE selected in the 2013 draft.
Willson's sophomore season saw an increased role when starting tight end Zach Miller was injured after a week 4 game against the Denver Broncos, eventually ending up on injured reserve. Willson caught a game-winning 23 yard touchdown pass with less than a minute left in week 8 against the Carolina Panthers. He later starred in a week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals, catching 3 passes for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. Willson ended the season with 22 catches for 362 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In the 2014–15 NFL playoffs, Willson caught 4 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in a divisional round game against the Carolina Panthers, then one week later caught a key two-point conversion in the NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks went on to defeat the Packers 28–22 to reach the Super Bowl for the second straight season. In Super Bowl XLIX, Willson had no catches as the Seahawks failed to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The Seahawks were defeated by the New England Patriots 28-24.
Willson is a practising Catholic who attributes his success in life to being a part of the Catholic Church. Willson also has a Tuesday guest spot with BJ & Migs Mornings on 99.9 KISW "The Rock of Seattle" radio station titled "The End Zone with Luke Willson."
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