Love is colder than the outer reaches of space
It burns more passionately than any dancing flame
It’s the only thing in existence with no form or face
But everybody knows how to play the game
The poet in this case is Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.
Garrett sat down with SEC Network host Maria Taylor in a video that debuted Friday. In addition to quick clips of Garrett sacking opposing quarterbacks and working out, the 200-second clip shows Garrett being interviewed in the Texas A&M weight room.
At 6-foot-5 and 262 pounds, several NFL draft analysts expect Garrett to become the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Lauded as perhaps the best pass rusher in the nation entering this fall, Garrett will look to add to the 24 sacks he accrued in his first two college seasons.
He broke Jadeveon Clowney’s SEC freshman sack record in ’14, then earned his first SEC sack title in ’15.
But the few in-depth glimpses we’ve gotten at Garrett’s personality reveal so much more than a football player. Think Ole Miss’ Robert Nkemdiche without the red flags. (On its website, ESPN.com headlined the video “Myles Garrett is a modern-day Renaissance man.”)
Tapping his foot as if sitting in a chair in front of cameras made him anxious, Garrett expounded on life as a poet, his obsession with dinosaurs and his 1970s style. Here’s what we learned:
- Garrett’s favorite dinosaur is the Deinonychus. “It’s fast, it’s vicious. It’s going for the killer blow. And it’s got quick feet. I think I’ve got all those strengths (as well).”
- His obsession started with the movie Jurassic Park, which he watched with his mother as a young boy. “I used to dig about 3- or 4-foot-deep holes just to pick out a rock and be like, ‘I found something!’ It’s something that nobody’s ever seen before. And you get to bring it back to life one more time.”
- Garrett feels like he should’ve been born in the 1970s. “My parents make fun of me because I have the ‘fro. I have the sideburns. The little soul patch. I feel like that would’ve been probably my time. I love the music. I love the style. It’s just a great period.”
- He’s been writing poetry for a long time. “You can put however you feel on that paper. You can make it flow. You can add rhythm to it. It can be anything you want. I write about love. I write about everything. I always want to have something uplifting because you can never stay down.”
Potential No. 1 overall draft picks are such commodities that we can forget their humanity. But Garrett seems like one of the more interesting, original characters in today’s SEC. Here’s to hoping he does more media appearances in the coming months.