First Posted: 2/6/2010
LUMBERTON When former Lumberton High star Sean Locklear stepped inside the Magnolia School Thursday afternoon, it was like taking a trip in a time machine.
Locklear, who attended the school 15 years ago, spoke to a group of middle school students about achieving their goals and more importantly, getting an education.
The starting right tackle for the Seattle Seahawks knows his message may not resonate with all students.
“I know I’m not going to reach everyone,” Locklear said. “I hope somebody takes a little something with them.”
Locklear spoke for 15 minutes and shared his own experiences of being in a student at the school, as well as at Lumberton and North Carolina State. He talked about how he took the mind-set of wanting to succeed beyond the football field.
“I wanted to graduate high school and I wanted to graduate from college,” Locklear said. “Football is such a violent sport that the contracts are not guaranteed, it could be voided if I did something today. I had to set myself up in case something happens, or even if it doesn’t for after football.”
He reminded the students they can accomplish they goals no matter how lofty they set them.
“Nothing comes easy, there are going to be bumps in the road along the way,” Locklear said. “You can be a teacher, a counselor, a doctor or whatever you want to be.”