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“Take a joke, people” Myles Garrett tells critics: While We’re Waiting

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Demands are upon athletes to be genuine, yet those players who dare speak candidly are torn apart even when their comments were made in jest. Myles Garrett, defensive end from Texas A&M, is the latest victim of the societal pressure to shame unjustifiably rather than enjoying the playfulness of the context as we descend towards a humorless abyss. The projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft had the audacity to express his desire to play for his favorite childhood team. Pitchforks must be sharpened. Torches lit. On we march towards our social media outlets to protest this crime!

The ire drawn by many was due to a video release from ESPN of Garrett smiling and laughing as he begged Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to trade up to the first overall pick with the Cleveland Browns. Garrett grew up in Arlington, Texas – the location of AT&T Stadium.

ESPN failed to note they were leveraging the video clip in order to create their own news on an otherwise slow sports weekend. February 10, 2017, was the first time ESPN disseminated the video. There was no notice the clip was from an awards show banquet on December 8, 2016, until the initial video had gone viral. WFNY has covered clickbait and fake news in recent weeks; this case was a combination of the two as ESPN generated their own news cycle. ESPN masterfully can create controversy and have enough weight to create synergy of diversified opinions to both destroy and defend an item of interest. All while collecting ratings and clicks. It is as disgusting as it is effective.

The impetus for ESPN releasing the old clip might have been the build up towards an impending lack of anticipation for the first overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. A grand consensus has developed that Myles Garrett has established himself as the best player in this class. Garrett has indicated he would rather spend the night of the draft home surrounded by friends and family than participate in the ceremony in New York City.

He also believed he had laid to rest another old playful quote that was brought up constantly in attempts to drum up conflict. He was asked during the season where he would prefer to play in the NFL. Despite clarifying the notation with points he would play anywhere, many news stations ran with the portion that he preferred to stay out of the cold. Here is the full quote as reported by the Houston Chronicle. “Doesn’t matter … but I’d like not to go anywhere cold,” Garrett said, smiling. “Whoever picks me up, I’m going to try and play my best for, to be the best player on the field at any given time. It doesn’t matter who picks me up, I’m going to try and be a franchise player for them.”

On February 8, 2017, Garrett once again clarified that he would play for whoever drafted him, and he would give that team his all. Mary Kay Cabot of reported out the meat of the quote which said “Relax,” he said. “I want to be the greatest player who has ever been at my position, the greatest player who has ever played. I have to pass up [Tom] Brady now, but no matter what team that is, I’m going to give my all.”

None of the cold weather comments would have stuck if Garrett had stuck with his first choice for college. He was set to accept an offer from the Ohio State University due to their renowned paleontology program paired with the high-profile football team. His sister, a high-profile athlete herself, convinced Garrett to follow her to Texas A&M instead. ESPN reported the footnote in his history during his breakout under the direction of head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Sumlin remembers Garrett favoring another school before he decided to choose Texas A&M.
“Ohio State,” Garrett recalled on Tuesday.
“Paleontology,” said Garrett, the perpetual dinosaur lover.

There is no doubt Garrett is different from his peers. He deactivated all of his social media accounts in order to have more time to focus on things that matter. He prefers face-to-face interactions with handshakes and hugs. Garrett is an avid reader, who writes his own poetry. The 12th Man Foundation asked him if he misses the digital side of college life. “I don’t miss (social media) at all,” Garrett said. “It causes too much drama. Getting rid of it didn’t take away from my days, and it actually opened up more things for me to do and be productive.”

Garrett has an intensity inside him he preserves for the field and the weight room as he told USA Today. His body appears more natural on the pages of a comic book than on an actual person. The athleticism he demonstrates on the field blends quickness, speed, and pure strength with his well-developed football instincts. Jevon Kearse, JaDaveon Clowney, and Julius Peppers have been thrown around as possible comparisons though there are some who believe Garrett’s overall potential exceeds them all.

Garrett writes poetry about “anything I’m feeling. Love. Happiness. Sadness.” He reads voraciously; on his nightstand recently: Dark Rivers of the Heart, by Dean Koontz and Freaky Deaky, by Elmore Leonard. He sketches “people, places, animals, anything that pops into my mind.”

Garrett says. “As soon as I step off, I go back to who I’ve always been. It kind of throws them off, how I transition from going onto the field and I’ve got to turn into a leader and be this aggressive guy, and then I turn into this goofy kid who listens to all kinds of music.”

Garrett’s other passion in life is humanitarian efforts such as when a group of Aggies took a faith-based mission to Haiti over the summer. When Hurricane Matthew hit this past fall, Garrett took time out of a postgame presser to call for action when he said “For all those affected with Hurricane Matthew, I wanted to say can you give whatever you have supporting and praying for them — those in Florida and those in Haiti. Can just pray for them and support Mission of Hope?”

Haiti is not a isolated occurence. Garrett often speaks how he feels it is his mission to help others, and his actions confirm his heart. Many athletes tour hospitals and donate their time and money to charity. Some go a step beyond. When he is at philanthropic events, Garrett doesn’t just “get through” them. He spends time with people, finds common ground, gets to know them, and leaves a positive impression. The Houston Chronicle encapsulated this aspect of him when it covered his visit to a local children’s hospital.

Garrett’s father watched with pride as his son took his time and care on the visits, often falling behind while chatting as the accompanying group finally moved on. “These are the things that make me happy,” said Lawrence, like Myles a strapping man in great shape. “Myles is like his mother, he’s never met a stranger.”

The upcoming NFL Draft has many players with worrisome character such as Joe Mixon, Dede Westbrook, and Teez Tabor, but do not project such onto Garrett. Garrett does not drink, does not smoke or abuse any substance, and is not followed by TMZ. He is a bit of a goofball who will pose with a silly face and a crop top jersey to make teammates laugh. He spends his free time reading, writing poetry, and devoting himself to humanitarian causes. He is gracious and considerate to others. He does not have questionable decision-making or a red flags associated to him because he made the playful video as some have claimed since the ESPN release.

Garrett is setup to dominate the competition on the field and help others off it. He will make the Cleveland faithful proud to have him don the orange helmet, so embrace all of the aspects of wonderfulness that is Myles Garrett.

  • JNeids

    I’ll admit I was a little taken aback when I first saw the video of him begging the Cowboys to trade up. Then I got the rest of the story and quickly calmed down. Then I realized how the majority would react to it, and I couldn’t wait to get here to the safe, comfy confines of the WFNY comment section with other smart fans.
    It is hard to ignore stupidity – both from ESPN and the reactions they garner. Thank god for this safe haven.

  • RGB

    C’mon. She has to get the full NEO experience.
    My wife did mention all the brown and gray was depressing. Once again, standard stuff.

  • Chris

    Not a whole lot of lean options… are you suggesting he moves inside to DT?

  • mgbode

    Believe JNeids is indicating Garrettt needs to “add a layer” for warmth in the winter months.

  • Chris

    What color was the Brown? Pre-2015 Brown or Post-2015 Brown? Post-2015 Brown is indeed pretty miserable.

  • Chris

    How’d that work out for Big $$$…

  • Chris
  • Chris

    He needs go get over it and move on to being upset about not re-signing Mitchell Schwartz.

  • Chris

    Whenever they do that crap, I flip over to Rover. By the time I flip back, I’m out of range of 92.3. It’s nice.

  • CBiscuit

    As long as this Aggie is going to just wreak and not wreck…

    Also forget about weather. We need some PR razzle to inject a little excitement! We need Jimmy to do a little more Jerry Jones’ back slapping and mixing it up w players. Remember the good old days when he’d check Weeden for hernia with a red faced wink and a smile? Those were the days. Jimmy needs to get his groove back and soon enough he’ll have to beat the players off w sticks.

  • BenRM

    Austin is one of my favorite places. If I could magically transport my job/life there, I would.

  • Harv

    more indictments. more cowbell.

  • BenRM

    Sad and true…but also a win for NEO!

  • Jaker

    Trading out would be very “same ole browns”, and many times I supported the trade down (like last year’s), but this time I want the slam dunk pick

  • Hopwin

    Boston’s infrastructure is so hopelessly outdated that the planners threw up their hands and stuck everything underground.

  • RGB

    Giants released Victor Cruz.
    Anyone interested?

  • RGB

    Cavs trade Birdman and cash to Charlotte for a 2017 second-round pick that is top-55 protected. Right now that pick is #44.
    Hmmmm, what is Griffindalf the Gold conjuring up?

  • Saggy

    well, good news everyone: the earth is getting warmer. You’ll be scorching in no time!

  • Saggy

    Whoooooooooooooooa buddy. Nothing should knock New Orleans off the list. Well, maybe Paris or Rio, but certainly nothing in North America.

  • Saggy

    I spent 8 years in Atlanta and it never got too hot for me. I chose Atlanta for college over Chicago and Madison, and never looked back. The more heat, the better. The only think I ever really missed is the smell of fall.

  • Saggy
  • Saggy

    what could they get from Dallas if they traded down? 2017 2nd, 3rd, 2018 1st, 2nd, 3rd? I honestly wouldn’t make that deal I dont think.

  • Natedawg86

    They can basically sign someone to vet minimum and it will end up costing roughly the same as keeping Birdman on roster?

  • Saggy

    yes. no question. he will get the league minimum.

  • Chris

    I’m spending two nights in Austin after the Indians-Rangers series… any suggestions during the day? I’ve heard the food in Lockhart is worth the drive.

  • Chris

    In a rarer sighting than the serpent of Loch Ness, RGB has bombarded a Browns post with a non-Browns comment.

  • Jaker

    It would need a 17 swap, 1st in 18, 1st in 19, 2nd in 17, 2nd in 18, 3rd in 17 at the least… and honestly the Cowboys are primed for a solid window over those seasons so those aren’t even gunna be high picks… Just not worth passing a huge talent like this, in my opinion.

  • RGB

    Awwww crap…there is a Tribe thread I should have put this in. ARGH!

  • RGB

    My Venezuelan co-worker says avoid Rio like the plague.

  • Jeremy Humbert

    I feel you up here in OKC. My kids freak out at flurries… I grew up in Akron, and actually feel a little bad for them… however, it had to be over 80 for me to be able to swim during the summers, and my wife freaks out if swimming is mentioned below 90…
    I like Garret. Let’s get the Danny and Myles show rolling on the Line!

  • mgbode

    Good to know it extends up that far North. And yeah, swimming under 90 is a weird line to draw (one drawn here as well)

  • mgbode

    Yes though

    (1) Find live music at a small location – there are tons of places throughout the city so you just need to go on the calendars and such.

    (2) Torchy’s Tacos – it is becoming a bit of a chain now because of their success but still great stuff.

    (3) Chuy’s but only if you go to the one in Zilker Park for the ambience of it. Shady Grove is also nearby there and it could satisfy your live music one too if you go on the right day.

    (4) Lockhart – are you going there for the Czech food? If so, then your better bet for better food is to stop in West, Texas (near Waco) on your way down from Dallas. Czech Stop (kolaches) and Village Bakery (desserts) is the way to go.

    (5) Franklins BBQ – if you have some time to kill, then show up at 10:30am and wait in line for 2hrs (bring your own beer) and have the best BBQ that sells out every single dang day.

  • mgbode

    some areas will get more rain, some might get colder — and it’s all going to take quite awhile.

  • If it gets above 75, it’s getting out of my comfort zone. 85 and I’m unhappy. 90s and up and I’m unlikely to venture outdoors unless absolutely necessary. It’s not as though we don’t get some sweltering days up there in the summer, but at least it cools off most nights. Down here it’s heat and humidity 25-8 from like mid-March until mid-October at least. My job is literally the only thing keeping me down here.

  • RGB

    I thought Lockhart was known for Black’s and Kreuz BBQ.

  • mgbode

    I don’t drive out that way, so was assuming it was “the other” Czech hotspot, but I see that is La Grange (Weikel’s). I live near the Salt Lick, so I tend to stay close to home when I want BBQ. Cannot confirm nor deny Lockhart’s prowess there.

  • RGB

    Every now and again I’ll mail order Rudy’s sauce. Not sure about the BBQ, but the sauce is excellent.
    I think they’re based out of Houston.

  • mgbode

    Gas station BBQ food (not joking – all restaurants have gas station & general store attached). It’s a chain and we have them here too. Rudy’s has good sauce though County Line has the best if we are just talking sauce.

  • RGB

    Ok…ordered some.
    We’ll see hoe it stacks up to our favorite sauces…
    Montgomery Inn – Cincinnati
    Bessinger’s Hickory Red – Charleston, SC

  • mgbode

    Original or Wild Pork?

    I am a fan of either and believe you will enjoy.

  • humboldt

    Great article, Michael. To the extent I’m still able to care about anything Browns, I’m excited for them to draft someone who seems like a decent and interesting dude.

  • mgbode

    thank you and yes it will be nice to have someone in football to root for in all aspects

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  • RGB

    2-pack. One of each.
    Shipping made that some damn expensive sauce. Better be tasty…

  • mgbode

    Now I might need to stop up there and grab some for myself.

  • RGB

    My local Publix got in one small shipment of Earl Campbell sausage. It was excellent.
    I haven’t seen it around here since.

  • mgbode

    agreed. it was at HEB here, then it wasn’t. not sure why.

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