Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett revealed he contemplated a retirement following the November 14 incident in which he hit Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with the helmet. Garrett, who appeared to be extremely frustrated by Rudolph, snatched the helmet of the quarterback's and hit him in the head.
The Browns ended up winning 21-7 but Garrett was ejected from the game late in the fourth quarter and later he was suspended for the rest of the season. "I did,'' Garrett exclusively told cleveland.com. "Whether it was because of their decision or my decision, it was whether this was going to continue.'
' Garrett, the No. 1 pick of the 2017 NFL draft, analyzed everything before making his final decision. "What was I going to do [without football]?'' Garrett said. "What was I going to be? Who am I at the end of the day? Was I still going to be giving without football without that kind of income coming in? Was I still going to take those trips to see people, was I still going to give back to charities, was I still going to give clothing and shoes to schools around me, to coaches that have impacted me? "All of these things were on my mind.'
Garrett says he would have been fine either way
"I would’ve been OK,'' he said. "I love football. I love competing, I love my teammates, and I definitely want to win, but at the end of the day, I’m still a guy.
I’m still a young man who has a lot of life to live and my life is much more than football. I just would’ve moved onto something else I enjoy and found another way to save my competitive nature, whether it would’ve been trying out for a basketball team or going to play baseball like [Michael] Jordan.
"I would’ve found something else I love to do, whether I was a writing coach or whatever. I would’ve left with my head held high and I wouldn’t have looked back.' ' After the game, Garrett told his teammates that Rudolph called him the N-word and that prompted his furious reaction.
"What happened, happened, and at the end of the day you have to move forward. I was given a second chance and you have to make the best of it. I know something like that won’t happen again, but life’s funny that way.
Fame is fleeting, athletic ability is fleeting and you have to make the most of it while it’s here," Garrett acknowledged.