Myles Garrett is considered one of the friendliest, easygoing football players around. At least among those who are ferocious defenders who are likely to be selected at the very top of this month’s NFL Draft.
So it seems liked you’d have to really try to get him to walk away from a potential interview. And it seems SEC Network analyst Booger McFarland may have done just that on Monday morning.
Filling in for Mike Golic on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, the former LSU defensive lineman laid out a pretty extensive critique of Garrett in advance of an interview with the projected No. 1 overall pick. It appears that, upon hearing what was said about him, Garrett decided it was not in his best interest to conduct the interview.
The Big Lead reports that Mike Greenberg, who is one of the regular hosts of the show, informed listeners and McFarland that Garrett had canceled the appearance with the following explanation: “I’m told there is some sort of issue that he has with something you have said.”
It appears as though McFarland’s criticism stemmed from a perceived lack of toughness from Garrett while playing at Texas A&M.
Here’s a portion of the transcript of what McFarland said, as transcribed by The Big Lead’s Ryan Glasspiegel:
“But being an athlete doesn’t make you a football player. Ask Mike Mamula, who tore up the Combine but couldn’t break an egg in the NFL. I’m not saying Myles Garrett is gonna do that, but I just look at the tape — and the tape never lies, Greeny — and the tape has said that although he is a tremendous athlete, I just wonder how much does he love playing defensive line and being hit and the collisions that take place time after time. The tape says he’s been hesitant to do that over the last couple years.”
There’s more, but it appears as though these comments were enough for Garrett to decide it wasn’t in his best interest to make an appearance on the popular simulcast show.
The criticism of a pass rusher who totaled 32.5 sacks in three seasons with the Aggies seems a little unfair, especially since Garrett reportedly played through nagging injuries for much of the 2016 season.
McFarland sent a Tweet apologizing to listeners.
Sorry to the @MikeAndMike fans, Myles Garrett didn't wanna come on due to critical comments I've said in past about his play
— Booger (@SECbooger) April 10, 2017
Ultimately, this cancellation won’t amount to much in the grand scheme of things. The Browns still seemingly have ever intention of making Garrett the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL Draft. It was just interesting to see a little SEC on SEC criticism sparking some tension this close to the big day.