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Willson hopes to build on rookie season in Seattle

Willson hopes to build on rookie season in Seattle

Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson holds up a Canadian flag after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Kathy Willens

TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When he went home to LaSalle, Ontario, the question followed Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson everywhere he went.

When would he get his day with the Lombardi Trophy the way NHL champions get a day with the Stanley Cup?

It wasn’t until Willson returned home to Canada that it struck him how big a deal it was to win a Super Bowl title in his first year in the NFL. Whether it was the signs or banners saying this was the hometown of a Super Bowl champion, it took that visit for the accomplishment to fully be appreciated.

And that was after a season where Willson caught only 20 passes and had one touchdown in the regular season. What will happen if Willson makes the jump Seattle’s coaching staff expects in year No. 2?

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