Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett doesn’t have a typical game day playlist.
While other players get hyped listening to hardcore rap, ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. reports that the All-American prefers the oldies: Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire and The Isley Brothers.
“Oh yeah,” Garrett said. “It gets me comfortable, gets me ready.”
Some of his teammates might get pumped listening to Kanye West, Drake, Future or Lil Jon. Meanwhile, the first song on Garrett’s game day playlist is “Sway” by Dean Martin.
His mother Audrey Garrett said her son’s musical taste has always been unique.
“He never liked regular music,” his mother said. “He never liked rap. If (Garrett’s older brother) Sean turned on some rap, Myles closed his door. … It was like noise to him. But if you turned on some old-school music, he would sit there bopping his little head.”
Myles has an eclectic taste that goes beyond the oldies. He recently requested the coaches play “No One Like You” by the Scorpions at practice. Hey, whatever gets him going.
“I grew up with Ray Charles playing in the car all the time or playing in the house,” Myles said. “I grew up with Marvin Gaye and sometimes Dean Martin and Frankie. So I turned to everybody else who was in the era. I went to Elvis, Teddy Pendergrass. I kept expanding and it just went from there.”
His game day playlist is a window into his diverse interests off the football field. He writes poetry and reads a lot of books. He doesn’t conform to the stereotypes people have about football players. His fellow lineman, DE Daeshon Hall, called him “an old soul in a freak body.”
“He’s a laid-back dude,” Hall said. “Doesn’t really do anything except play basketball, listen to old-school music and read books. Sometimes we’ll be watching movies and he’ll go out in the lobby and read a book. He’s a different guy.”