Dallas Cowboys

Jason Garrett remembers Strahan, Brooks

OXNARD, Calif. Jason Garrett played with a lot of Hall of Famers during his 12 years in the NFL. Two more enter Canton on Saturday, with Micheal Strahan and Derrick Brooks’ inductions.

Garrett played with Strahan from 2000-2003 with the Giants and was with Brooks in Tampa Bay in 2004.

“[They are] two of the people that I had the good fortune to play with who really stood out at the time as best players on our team, certain Hall of Famers when the time came,” Garrett said. “I know Michael Strahan better. He and I played in New York for four years. I was only around Brooksie for one year. But when you walk into a meeting and you walk out on a practice field and certainly come game day, those guys separate themselves. They’re different, and they’re different physically, but they’re also different in their production, their leadership, their impact on their team, their influence on their team. When I went to New York, ‘Stra’ was fantastic. He embraced me. We spent a lot of time together, obviously at the facility, but then away from the facility, and he’s got this amazing way about him. He’s got an infectious personality. He’s very welcoming. When he walks into a room, he lights it up. I really, really appreciate our friendship and the time we spent together. He made my time in New York significantly better.

“With Derrick Brooks, a little bit of a different personality, but wow, what a player. I can remember my first rep in Tampa, we were in some kind of an OTA, and I was throwing a slant in the flat, and my eyes went over here, and for some reason, he was playing over here and somehow he got to a ball that was way over here, and I literally turned around and said, ‘What the hell was that coverage?’ And it was him. It was him reading my eyes, just being all over the field and just being who he is. If you watch that team play, he stands out, and there are a lot of great, great football players on those Tampa Bay Buccaneer defenses, and he just, he was the bellcow. He and [Warren] Sapp were the leaders, and they were just fantastic and tremendous amount of respect for him.”