A Response to Myles Garrett

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The top defensive end in the nation and projected number one overall NFL Draft pick, Myles Garrett, doesn’t want to be a Brown. He wants to be a Cowboy.

Garrett made that known today when he released a video of him pleading to Dallas Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones, to trade up to number one and pick him.

Here’s the clip:

 

Garrett attended Texas A&M University for three seasons where he recorded 141 total tackles, 31 sacks and forced seven fumbles. He is a physical specimen. He is quick off the edge, strong and agile. He’s 6’5 and weighs 262 lbs. Let’s set one thing straight, he’s a beast and his skill set is worthy of that coveted top pick.

As a native of Arlington, Texas, it is understandable why he would want to play for his hometown team. The Cowboys are on the up-and-up, they have a great young quarterback and most importantly…Jerry Jones. Compare that to the Browns, well, they have a lot of work to do. So while I understand why he wants to be a Cowboy over a Brown, I don’t like the way he is presenting himself as a person in the process.

Let’s go back to the end of December. Garrett made it perfectly clear that he does not want to play in a cold-weather city. “Doesn’t matter (who drafts me) … but I’d like not to go anywhere cold.”, Garrett said during an interview with the Houston Chronicle. The last time I checked, this is a man’s game. It is a game that is played in the sweltering heat and in the blistering cold. If you don’t want to get your precious feet wet, or your soft hands cold, maybe you should’ve chosen a different sport. You also said, “it doesn’t matter” who drafts you. But it must matter, considering you are begging the Cowboys to trade up to get you.

In the process of begging for your favorite team to pick you, you threw out Tony Romo’s name as a potential piece in that trade. While you may not have meant any harm by that, it was disrespectful to discredit the work that he has put in for years as the Cowboys’ quarterback. He is proven. You sir, are not. What makes you think you are the sure-fired top pick? What gives you the sense of entitlement to believe you are worth Tony Romo and multiple draft-picks that could jeopardize the Cowboys’ future?

Lastly, you don’t want to be Brown. I can’t really say I blame you. This franchise has been futile since 1999. However, you should be grateful that the Browns would even consider taking a chance on you. That they would give you the opportunity to fulfill what has probably been a life-long dream of yours – to play in the NFL.

Not wanting to play for a certain team is fine. Let’s be honest, as a Browns fan, I wouldn’t want to be drafted by the Steelers. But to beg for a single team to execute a trade to take me, that sends an awful message. A message that reads, “I really only want to play for one team.” That is not how this works. That is not how any of this works. You go to the team that drafts you, you work your tail off every single day to get better and to make that team better.

You could be a part of something special here in Cleveland, Myles. The rebuild process is showing signs of light and we have the greatest, most passionate and loyal fans in the entire world. We would welcome you with open arms, even though the last player we drafted from Texas A&M didn’t work out so well. We’ll give you a chance here. We will grow with you and grow to love you if you perform every Sunday.

You may not admit it, but in that video, you took a shot at Cleveland. You didn’t say “the Browns,” you said “Cleveland.”

That’s just not cool.

Don’t be like Joakim Noah or anyone else hasn’t taken the time to give this city a chance. You’re entering a very cruel business and everything that you say can be turned against you. Don’t become the villain.

So on draft night, if your phone rings just after 8 p.m. est and Jimmy Haslam, Sashi Brown and Hue Jackson are on the other line, I hope it is the happiest moment of your life. You’ll be spending that night at home with your family, a decision I admire greatly. The city of Cleveland would love to have your family call it home for at least the next four or five years, but hopefully your entire career. But you have to show us that you want to be here. If not, best of luck to you, but your character will forever be in question.

 

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Images via the Houston Chronicle and USA Today

 

 

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