Myles Garrett: The Man Behind The Myth

Myles Garrett: The Man Behind The Myth

Myles Garrett

The Myles Garrett that you’ll see on Sundays this fall is a monster. He regularly uses all of his 6’5”, 270-pound frame to physically overpower those foolish enough to get in his way and has a no-quit attitude that matches his incredible athleticism. He’s sure to become a nightmare to opposing tackles and quarterbacks for years to come.

That on-field persona makes his off-field chill all the more surprising. Myles is a relaxed guy who takes things in stride and has a multitude of unique passions. We got a chance to sit down with Cleveland’s top pick and figure out what makes his Jekyll-and-Hyde lifestyle work so well.

Myles Garrett

All right, let’s get right into it. You’ve already experienced a lot of athletic success during your lifetime. Who or what has driven you to perform at such a high level?

“What drives me is my family and friends. They keep me grounded even if I’m falling or in a tough moment. Maybe it’s my last rep and I’m trying to push myself — I go as hard as I can, because I think of them and know that I can never let them down.”

Let’s circle back to your family. It is full of athletes. Have they given you any advice about getting ready for the pros?

“I mean, advice-wise, my dad always told me that it didn’t matter whether I was a football player or a trash man. I just need to make sure I loved what I did. You never know what you’ll be good at, so you need to have that passion and give your all. Why would you want to look back when your career is over and wonder what you really could have done?”

Myles Garrett

We definitely see that passion on the field, but you are a really unique person off it too. You’ve got a love of dinosaurs and poetry. How important is it to still be your own person outside of just being a football star?

“I was a man before I was a football player, so I can’t lose who I am during the 10, 12, years that I hopefully play this game. I don’t want to just say that football is a hobby either, though. This is something that I love and it truly is a part of me. But there are other things that make up who I am as well.”

Aspiring to be more than just an athlete! Did that type of mindset come from any specific role model growing up?

“Muhammad Ali was the ultimate inspiration for me. He was so passionate — not only in the ring, but when he was helping others. From entertaining to being a father figure to helping his community, he always stayed true to himself. He spread his message, and was there for anybody who needed it. That’s the type of person I aspire to be.”

Dominant on the field and unique off of it, Myles Garrett is truly one-of-a-kind. Click here to read all about his ridiculous training regimen and get ready to watch him dominate your TV screen on Sundays for the next decade.

Training Myles Garrett: A Freakish Phenom

Training Myles Garrett: A Freakish Phenom

By: Travelle Gaines

Former Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett is poised to be the first pick taken in this year’s NFL Draft. To many, that comes as no surprise — but if you don’t know then maybe you haven’t seen this kid play, or maybe you haven’t checked out his stats from the NFL Combine.

At 6’4” and 272 pounds, Garrett runs like a fox (4.64 40 time), and absolutely jumps out the gym (41.0 in vertical). His freakish talents jump off the page but his playmaking ability is off the charts. His rare combination of raw talent, speed,  and explosive power has allowed him to dominate the opposition during his 3 year reign in College Station. Amassing over 30 sacks in his college career, he also showed how dynamic of a player he is by recording over 80 solo tackles with 47 of them being for losses behind the backfield.

Below are some questions I have been asked about my work prepping Garrett for the NFL:

What is it like training the potential number 1 Draft Pick?
Training him was a challenge because at a time where these athletes are heavily criticized, any mistake could harm their draft stock. We definitely had to make a continuous effort to make sure every rep, movement, exercise was sharp and consistent.

What was your approach with Garrett?
Working with Myles, It’s an amazing experience. Guys like him are rare, but training him challenges you and brings the best out of you as a coach. It challenges your coaching abilities and your approach, because you constantly have to come up with different ways to get him better with his unique raw talent on top of his impeccable work ethic. He really made this job easy for me during this process and was very open and eager to get better each day.

What was his routine like?

Outside of preparing for the combine-specific drills, our routine was really simple and detailed based. Outside of his raw physical skill-set there were a lot of small things that we worked on such as balance, flexibility, and creating consistent movements that will help him excel at the next level. At A&M he was simply better than everyone, but at the next level things won’t come so easy to him. So there were a lot of things implemented to help him gain a competitive advantage as he moves forward.

With good reason, Garrett is being compared to the likes of Jadeveon Clowney or Mario Williams. Both were top draft picks and play the same position, with a similar combination of size, speed, explosiveness and dynamic playmaking abilities. There is no question that Garrett has the skill set needed to have his named called first on draft day.