Darth Vader versus Luke Skywalker. Without a doubt the greatest father vs son matchup in history. Sure, some of you will tell me it’s a fictional matchup, but I don’t care. Nothing can top it. SPOILER ALERT: Eventually, the son (Luke) defeats the father (Vader) in a final duel but Vader helps save Luke from an evil guy that shoots lightning out of his fingertips. Classic! The son defeats the father but not without some assistance from dad.darth_vader_luke

How does this relate to K-State? The Lockett family, of course. Kevin Lockett was arguably the greatest receiver in Wildcat History. Last season we watched his son, Tyler, break all of his career receiving records. Unlike Luke and Vader, the Locketts were both on the good side (KSU), not the evil side (KU or OU). Also unlike the father-son duel in Star Wars, there was no lightsaber battle on a space station.

There are some parallels, though. Tyler’s accomplishments could not have been achieved without help from his father. Entering the NFL draft, scouts called Tyler one of the best route runners. Surely, that was a skill learned from dad. Then of there’s the similarity of the son beating the father’s all-time records and “defeating dad”.

So after Tyler became knocked his father off the top line of K-State record books, now he is taking shots at his dad’s NFL numbers. Sunday the younger Lockett got off to a great start. The rookie wide receiver for the Seahawks put Seattle on the board with a 57 yard punt return for a touchdown. His dad returned 39 punts in his career but never took one to the house. Tyler also caught 4 pass for 34 yards vs the Rams. Kevin only caught 1 pass as rookie but it went for 35 yards. So the elder Lockett still has that on his son. And the elder Lockett tallied 233 catches for 1738 yards and 8 TDs in his career. So his son still has some work to run down his dad’s marks in the NFL.

It was great being able to watch both Locketts at K-State (plus Aaron). It’s going to fun watching Tyler in the NFL, too.

Go Cats! Beat the Bulldogs.

About The Author

Seth is a 2000 graduate of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State. While in Manhattan he wrote for the Kansas State Collegian, reported for the Wildcat 91.9 and interned at KSNT-TV in Topeka. He teaches now, but still play with his journalism degree. Living in the middle of Missouri makes it harder to follow the Cats, but he wears enough purple to draw stares at the grocery store. Follow him on Twitter at @catbacker77

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