Roses are red, violets are blue, Myles Garrett is getting to the quarterback, and there’s nothing you can do.
It turns out the Cleveland Browns star defensive end is talented both on and off the field — and in very different ways. On the field, Garrett is one of the NFL’s premier pass-rushers, crushing QBs for a living. Away from the game, Garrett is a renaissance man, with a passion for dinosaurs, anime and poetry.
Garrett recently discussed his poems with The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones, revealing just how serious he is about it, saying he wants to compile it all in a book.
“I’m a perfectionist, so I want to make sure I put out the very best I can before I (submit it). I don’t want (a publisher) to look at them and go ‘Oh God, no. Let’s just publish it because of his name,'” Garrett said. “No, I want to make sure it is actually good stuff I’m putting down.”
When HBO’s Hard Knocks was in town last year for training camp, a small portion of the second episode profiled Garrett’s poetry.
He even went on NFL Network’s “The Checkdown” and delivered some of the work.
It’s easy for players to get lost in the lights and glamor of being in the NFL, especially for someone like Garrett, who carries a Pro Bowl resume and is one of the brightest young stars in the game. However, when Garrett needs to get grounded, he opens his notebook.
“It gets me back to the real world,” he said. “This is nothing like the real world that people live in day-to-day. Go back to before this thing got so big.”
Myles Garrett Loves Dinosaurs and Anime
Garrett’s love for dinosaurs goes back to his childhood. He has said Jurassic Park was the first movie he remembers watching and his affinity for the extinct creatures grew from there. Garrett did an interview with My Aggie Nation in college where he broke down his favorite dinosaurs, noting the spinosaurus as his favorite, which is the largest carnivorous dinosaur to ever live.
Garrett has been vocal about his obsession with anime, which for the uneducated is a style of Japanese film and television animation. He even promised that his new sack celebration will be a shoutout to Goku — the protagonist of the Dragonball Z series.
He shared a photo of himself in the style of the show, saying that his “Kamehameha” celebration was on the way. The Kamehameha is a special move the characters do in the show.
Myles Garrett Wants to be the NFL’s Best Defender
While he has lots of interests away from football, Garrett’s primary focus is on his NFL career. So far in training camp, Garrett looks even better than he did during his stellar sophomore season a year ago. Fully health, he notched 44 total tackles, including 35 solo stops, playing in all 16 games. He also recorded 13.5 sacks, coming up just a half-sack short of the tying Reggie Camp’s 35-year-old single-season franchise record.
He expressed during his interview with The Athletic what his goals are for the season, and beyond.
“I want to be the best player in the league, and that takes consistency and attention to detail,” Garrett said. “I have to always make sure that I’m tuned in to the call, and make sure I’m making the most out of each play and not taking any plays off. I think the sky is the limit now, not only for me but for this team. I think we all can come together and do something special.”
The Browns are being hosted by the Colts for joint practices this week. The teams will square off on Saturday for a preseason tilt.