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A&M’s Myles Garrett says he plays football like a ‘Deinonychus’

Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett has 22.5 sacks in two seasons.
Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett has 22.5 sacks in two seasons. AP

You’ve already heard a lot about Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, and you’re going to hear a lot more about him as the 2016 season creeps closer.

The sack master is arguably the top defensive end in the nation and some NFL draft experts have speculated that he will be the No. 1 overall pick in April 2017. He would become the first Aggies player taken No. 1. But if you thought you knew about as much as there is to know about the affable young man out of Arlington Martin, you might want to think again.

You probably didn’t know he is obsessed with dinosaurs.

In a recent sit-down interview with the SEC Network’s Maria Taylor as part its “Summer Football Tour,” Garrett shares how a viewing of Jurassic Park as a young boy got him hooked and got him digging three-foot-deep excavation holes in his backyard in search of fossils.

When Taylor asked Garrett to compare the way he plays football to a dinosaur, and Garrett didn’t hesitate to provide an answer.

“Deinonychus,” Garrett said. “It’s a type of raptor. It’s fast, vicious, it’s going for the killer blow and it’s got quick feet. I think I’ve got all of those traits.”

As you can see in the video below, Garrett pretty much nailed the description. Quarterbacks beware.

After just two seasons, Garrett has 22.5 sacks, basically split evenly over his freshman and sophomore seasons, 32 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles.

The SEC Network interview describes Garrett as a modern-day Renaissance Man because he’s about far more than just football. Yes, he has a vast knowledge of dinosaurs, but he also has an affinity for the styles of the 1970s (just check out the hair-do and sideburns) — “I love the music, I love the style, it’s a great period,” Garrett said — and he also dabbles in poetry, has since he was 12 years old. Maya Angelou is among his favorite poets.

“I want to be somebody where it’s, ‘Wow, he does this? He does all these other things that you’d never expect...’” Garrett told Taylor. “But there’s so much more outside of football that I want to be.

And if you want to hear one of Garrett’s poems, just keep watching the interview. He keeps it on his phone.