Theme Song: Pondering the right music for ... Jake Locker
Posted by Jerry Brewer
NOTE: Theme Song has moved from Tuesday to Thursday to pair with my weekly appearance on Mike Gastineau's show on 950 KJR-AM. I'll talk with the Gas Man and Hot Shot Scott about this blog post during the 4 o'clock hour today. Tune in. Today's subject: Jake Locker.
Jake Locker is probably the most popular athlete in Seattle currently. He's a Washington-bred kid who did the unthinkable earlier this year: Despite being projected as a top-10 pick, he bypassed an opportunity to leave for the NFL and chose to return as a fifth-year senior at Washington.
How much money did Locker leave on the table (or at least defer)? The top 10 picks in the 2010 draft received between $17.5 million and $50 million in guaranteed money. Why did he do it? Well, he has many different reasons, but ultimately, you can boil it down to three words.
Because he's Jake.
As Locker prepares for a grand finale to his eventful and sometimes painful Husky career, it's time to ponder some theme music for an incredible athlete who seemingly has a city's heart in the palm of his hands.
WHAT SONG LOCKER MIGHT CHOOSE
"Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Yes, he sang Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" on KJR in July, but we can't make it that easy. Plus, that's not really a theme song as much as it's a favorite song.
Locker is, by far, the most humble star I've ever encountered. He doesn't like much attention. He just wants to play, enjoy his teammates and live life according to the values his parents instilled in him. It's said too often, but Locker is truly an everyman. Which is why this Lynyrd Skynyrd song would fit his self-image perfectly.
These lyrics say it best:
Baby, be a simple, be a simple man
Be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Every day, I think Locker lives with that kind of a pure mentality.
MY RUNNER-UP FOR LOCKER
"I Need A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler
Bonnie Tyler expresses some of the expectations that this community has for Montlake Jake. He has long been considered a potential savior for this program, and after four years of ups and downs, it appears that he might exit his fifth season as just that.
You need a hero, and it appears Locker is ready to oblige.
I also picked this song because it would be really funny to hear a dude sing it and think about Jake. But let's be real: Locker is such a star that a guy could coo, "I'm holding on for a hero 'till end of the night" and not have his manhood questioned at all.
Seattle Guy No. 1: "I'm holding on for a hero 'til the end of the night. He's gotta be strong. And he's gotta be fast. And he's gotta be fresh from the fight."
Seattle Guy No. 2: "Dude, why the hell are you singing that song?"
Seattle Guy No. 1: "In honor of Jake Locker."
Seattle Guy No. 2: "Right on. He's my hero, too."
Seattle Guys together: "I need a hero!"
The scene would probably close with a man-hug.
MY CHOICE FOR LOCKER'S THEME SONG
"Super Bad" by James Brown
Locker doesn't carry the bravado off the field to match this song, but when you're Super Bad, you don't have to tell people how good you are. You can just let James Brown do it for you.
If you used this song as the background music for a Locker highlight video, you'd be a YouTube sensation.
I would carry on with more Locker love, but I'm actually starting to question my own manhood. It's up to you to take it from here.
Now, it's your turn. What should Jake Locker's theme song be?
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