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Myles Garrett Wants to talk “man-to-man” with Mason Rudolph

Aug 14, 2020; Berea, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) listens to a coach during training camp at the Cleveland Browns training facility.

Myles Garret says that he wants to sit down with Mason Rudolph and have a “man-to-man” talk with him.

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

Garrett did ponder the idea of leaving the game of football for good after the incident.

“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 wouldíve found something else I love to do, whether I was a writing coach or whatever. I wouldíve left with my head held high and I wouldnít have looked back.”

The Conversation Garrett Needs to Have

Garrett has expressed his feelings, about sitting down with Rudolph.

“If it were to happen, Iíd be fine with it,” he said. “Not just fine, but I wouldnít mind it and Iíd be happy to make it happen if there were a way. Iím not sure how Iíd go about that, how Iíd broach that. Iím not even sure if heíd want to do that but I wouldnít 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, Iím not sure, but Iíd 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 donít want any grudges,” he said. “I donít have any grudge against him. I donít have any ill intent against him. Itís not like Iíd have anything against him if I saw him in public or if I saw him in a game and we were suited up. Iíd just play him like I play anybody else. if I saw him in public, Iíd just fist-bump and walk away just like if I saw anybody else on the street that I didnít know personally. I donít have a problem with that. Other than that night, before that play and after that play, I donít 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 recently signed a five-year, $125 million contract, making him the highest-paid defender in the NFL.

Garrett and the Browns look to get ahead early on, as they open the season against the Ravens in Baltimore.

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