Almost inevitably, Myles Garrett will be a high-end first-round pick in the NFL Draft after this season.
So when he was clearly bothered by an ankle injury during a heated Top 10 showdown with Tennessee on Saturday, it would have been easy for him to think about his wallet before his teammates. But rather than protect his health, Garrett could be seen hobbling his way on and off the field throughout the second half, trying to give the Aggies everything he had during a 45-38 double-overtime victory against the Vols.
ESPN analyst David Pollack, a three-time first-team All-America selection at Georgia and a first-round pick in 2005 by the Cincinnati Bengals, took notice. In the moments that defined that game, Pollack was on social media giving credit to Garrett for his effort:
I have always loved Myles Garrett but watching him fight for his team on a bad ankle is amazing! NFL? Who cares? My team!!!!!!
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 9, 2016
It’s often hard to quantify the impact a defensive lineman has on the game. That’s especially true for a talent like Garrett, who requires special attention from the offensive coordinator and offensive linemen, even on plays that aren’t run in his direction. But it’s safe to say the Aggies likely were better because of his effort to play through his injury.