On November 15th, the Pittsburgh Steelers faced off against the Cleveland Browns in what seemed to be any ordinary game. The game’s ending though, was anything but ordinary.
The Browns were beating the Steelers 21-7 with under a minute to go, when on third and 29, Rudolph shovel passed the ball to Trey Edmunds. Even though Rudolph got rid of the ball, Garrett still drove Rudolph to the ground. Rudolph proceeded to try and take off Garrett’s helmet. When one thing led to another, Garrett took off Rudolph’s helmet and hit him on the head with it.
This action by Garrett led to a suspension of 33 players from both teams. The league suspended Garret indefinitely for the season, including if the Browns made the playoffs. Although Rudolph was one of the main guys in the altercation, the league chose not to suspend him.
Ever since the altercation, all players are back, including Garrett, who will make his first appearance this Sunday.
Garrett Almost Left the Game of Football for Good
“What was I going to do [without football]?” he 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?”
“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.”
The Conversation Garrett Needs to Have
Garrett has expressed his feelings, about sitting down with Rudolph.
“If it were to happen, I’d be fine with it,” he said. “Not just fine, but I wouldn’t mind it and I’d be happy to make it happen if there were a way. I’m not sure how I’d go about that, how I’d broach that. I’m not even sure if he’d want to do that but I wouldn’t have a problem sitting down with him and just not talking about the incident, just talking man-to-man, how we move forward, and just being better men and football players and not letting something like that happen again.”
“Whether we can do that, I’m not sure, but I’d be willing to extend the olive branch and make that happen.”
Garrett doesn’t want any grudges and doesn’t want be known as the guy who is brutal on the field.
“I just don’t want any grudges,” he said. “I don’t have any grudge against him. I don’t have any ill intent against him. It’s not like I’d have anything against him if I saw him in public or if I saw him in a game and we were suited up. I’d just play him like I play anybody else. if I saw him in public, I’d just fist-bump and walk away just like if I saw anybody else on the street that I didn’t know personally. I don’t have a problem with that. Other than that night, before that play and after that play, I don’t think we spoke two words to each other.”
A Garrett, Rudolph sit down would be something interesting to watch if publicly broadcasted. A private conversation, though, behind closed doors, is a bit more appropriate.
A New Contract
Garrett and the Browns look to get ahead early on, as they open the season against the Ravens in Baltimore.