To be a quarterback facing Arlington Martin this season was a frightening proposition. * On most plays, the quarterback had just a few seconds to receive the snap, make a read and deliver a pass, or else he found himself slammed to his back, staring up at the giant, silver No. 15 of Myles Garrett. * The senior defensive end racked up 69 tackles, 33 for loss, to go with 17.5 sacks, 19 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and four blocked kicks during Martin’s regular season. * For those efforts, which caused many teams to completely change their offensive game plan around Garrett’s dominating performances, he adds the Star-Telegram 2013 Super Team Defensive Player of the Year award to his recent Landry Award and Associated Press 5A Defensive Player of the Year award.
However, for all the terror Garrett has created on the field, it’s a stark contrast in personality that stands out to his teammates and head coach Bob Wager.
One of Wager’s fondest memories of Garrett came after a game one Friday night when players, fans and coaches mingled on the field. Wager searched for his 8-year-old son in the crowd only to find him a head taller than everyone else, riding on the shoulders of the monster of a man, Garrett.
“They get along great, which obviously when you’re able to tie not only Myles and my relationship, but his family and my family, that transcends everyone on the team when it becomes a true family atmosphere,” Wager said. “That makes it a lot of fun because it’s not just [No.] 15 out there making plays, it’s a human being who is tight and close with your family.”
Myles has been selected to play in the Under Armor All-America Game held in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 4, where he will join Wager, who has been selected to coach the running backs on Garrett’s team.
Wager said Garrett will make a trip over to the Wager family residence on Christmas and surprise his kids with Disney character stuffed animals before the trip to Florida.
Garrett certainly has a future in football, too. After graduation, he will head south to College Station and join the Texas A&M football team, where Wager insists he will make an instant impact for the Aggies.
However, Garrett’s plans span further than his career on the football field. He dreams of an occupation that goes back to when he was a child — paleontology.
“Most people don’t believe it and I didn’t pick it for him,” Garrett’s mother, Audrey, said. “He’s wanted to be a paleontologist since he was a little fellow and it hasn’t changed.”
“I always loved digging,” the Defensive Player of the Year said.
Steve Nurenberg special to the S
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