Luke Willson donates Seahawks package for fundraiser in Toronto
Nov 10, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson (82) runs for extra yards after a catch in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Seahawks rookie Luke Willson has not forgotten about his roots.
Once a member of the Canadian Junior National baseball team, Willson has orchestrated a Seahawks package to donate to the program to auction off on Jan. 11, according to Bob Elliot at the Toronto Sun.
What does the package consist of? Check this out:
- A No. 82 Seahawks jersey signed by Willson himself.
- Four NFC Championship game tickets in the end zone at CenturyLink Field.
- Sideline access to watch the Seahawks’ walk-through the day before the game.
- Lunch with Willson after the walk-through followed by a tour of the facilities at CenturyLink Field.
- Field passes to watch pregame and postgame activities before and after the NFC Championship game on either Jan. 18 or 19.
What happens if the Seahawks don’t make it to the NFC Championship game? Then the offer is good for any home game on the 2014 schedule.
According to Elliot, the minimum bid is $10,000. The package will be auctioned off at a banquet at the Renaissance Hotel in Toronto.
Willson knows the money will help the baseball team, and he reminisced about his time as a ball player while speaking with Elliot:
"“Playing baseball for Canada was as fond an athletic memory as I’ve ever have,” said Willson. “It’s something I really cherish. I met some great friends and I haven’t had that much fun playing … ever.”"
In 2008, Willson batted behind current Toronto Blue Jay Brett Lawrie for the Canadian team. Three years later, the Blue Jays signed Willson, but he instead elected to play football.
In his rookie year with the Seahawks, Willson has made 19 catches for 268 yards and a touchdown.
He has played in all 15 games this season and has at least one catch in 10 of them.