Luke Willson retires at the age of 31

Luke Willson (Mike Morris, Wikimedia Commons)

According to Lindsay Charlton of CTV News on Thursday, Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson of LaSalle, Ontario has retired at the age of 31. Willson played 102 games in the National Football League with the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, and Baltimore Ravens from 2013 to 2020.

In eight NFL seasons, Willson had 111 catches for 1307 yards and 11 touchdowns. His finest season came in 2014 with the Seahawks, when he set career highs in receptions (22), and receiving yards (362).

In addition to playing football, Willson also played baseball at a very high level. He was on the Canadian National Junior Team in 2008, and even signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011. However, Willson decided to play professional football instead.

Willson played his College Football at Rice University. He was then drafted in the fifth round, 158th overall, in the 2013 NFL Draft. While with the Seahawks, Willson won Super Bowl XLVIII. Seattle defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8, as Willson had two catches for 17 yards. He is one of 15 Canadians to have played in the Super Bowl.

In addition to being drafted in the NFL, and signing a Major League Baseball contract, Willson was also drafted in the Canadian Football League. He was selected in the fifth round, 32nd overall, by the Toronto Argonauts.

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