Myles Garrett is known for sacking quarterbacks and bragging about it, but he also gives respect when it’s due.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews on Sunday night vs. Garrett’s Browns; it ended up being the Ravens’ only touchdown in their 16-10 win. Garrett went over to compliment Jackson on the pass, which was heaved toward the end zone after a lengthy scramble. Garrett hit Jackson’s arm as Jackson was throwing, so Garrett fully expected a fumble or an incomplete pass on the play.
Garrett told Jackson he made a “hell of a play,” and the two hit each other’s helmets in a show of respect.
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A player who built a “graveyard” of quarterbacks he sacked had taken the unusual step of praising a QB.
“The guy’s a baller . . . I appreciate greatness . . . He appreciates my play, I appreciate his,” Garrett said, via News 5 Cleveland. “We should do that more often instead of tearing each other down.”
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Garrett’s fellow pass-rusher, Jadeveon Clowney, had a much different reaction after the touchdown. Clowney, who, like Garrett, was a No. 1 overall draft pick, responded by throwing his helmet to the ground. He was not penalized.
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Garrett did sack Jackson on Sunday, dropping him in the first quarter. That was Garrett’s 14th sack of the year, tying a Browns record for sacks in a season. Reggie Camp had 14 in 1984, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
The Ravens (8-3) continue to lead the AFC North by one game over the Bengals. The Browns (6-6) are tied with the Steelers for third place in the division.