Canadian TE Luke Willson promoted to Seahawks active roster for playoffs

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The Seattle Seahawks have promoted Canadian tight end Luke Willson to the active roster ahead of their playoff matchup with the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.

Willson spent his first five seasons in Seattle, becoming a fan favourite before leaving in free agency in 2018 for his childhood favourite team in Detroit. He returned to Seattle last season following a trade that sent tight end Nick Vannett to Pittsburgh, then re-signed as a free agent in April, appearing in five games for the Seahawks this season before being released to make way for rookie Colby Parkinson. Willson played three games with the Baltimore Ravens in 2020 before they let him go earlier this month. He was re-signed to the Seahawks practice squad on December 31st, marking his third seperate stint with the team.

Willson has appeared in 102 games in his eight year career, 85 of them with the Seahawks. The LaSalle native has caught with 111 passes for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns while playing on two Super Bowl teams. The Seahawks drafted the Rice University product in the fifth round, 15th overall in 2013. A year earlier the Toronto Argonauts picked Wilson in the fifth round, 32nd overall during the CFL draft.

He caught the most famous two-point conversion in team history, a catch that gave the Seahawks a three-point lead late in their NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers. Willson has 13 catches for 154 yards and one score in the 2014 playoffs, including two receptions when Seattle routed Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII. Now he has a chance to repeat his heroics as the Seahawks begin their battle for another Super Bowl on Saturday.