VALLEY VIEW, Ohio — Browns defensive end Myles Garrett will visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame with his teammates next week if head coach Kevin Stefanski tells him he has to go.
If it’s left to him, though?
“Honestly, I don’t want to go,” he said at an event at Cinemark in Valley View on Friday night. “I held myself back from going because I don’t want to go until I’m there.”
Garrett was at the theater for a screening of “Jurassic World: Dominion” in partnership with the Cleveland Natural History Museum. Teammates, families from United Way Greater Cleveland, YWCA Cleveland and attendees of its youth camp taking place this weekend were in attendance.
“In partnership with the Cleveland Museum, I’m still hoping I can get in there and walk around with (kids), be able to explain some of the fossils, the dinosaurs, everything there is,” Garrett said. trying to instill in them that sense of wonder and discovery that this movie sparked in me.
The film is the sixth installment in the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchise. Garrett credits the first film, released in 1993, with his love of dinosaurs. He still believes that the first film is the best of them.
“It’s okay, (Jurassic Park) for me and then (Jurassic Park III) has a special place in my heart because of Spinosaurus, which is my favorite, but I think they were all pretty solid and I loved every slice,” he said.
He also wouldn’t mind if the franchise continued a little longer, perhaps for selfish reasons.
“I would like to see myself in it,” he said.
Garrett arrived at the theater around 7 p.m. and walked along the line of children and families, giving high fives and stopping for photos and to sign helmets, jerseys and whatever else anyone could. to find.
Two children sitting on a bench waiting for another movie gasped as Garrett walked by, repeatedly whispering, “It’s Myles Garrett!”
He wore green Jurassic Park shoes, a pair of Reebok exclusives sent to him.
“Man, I love them,” he said. “I was looking for the perfect opportunity to wear them and I knew it was coming, so it just happened.”
The Browns will hold their mandatory minicamp next week, spending a day at the team’s training facility in Berea before training in Canton and visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday. They will hold their final minicamp practice on Thursday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
“I’m ready to work,” Garrett said. “I am ready to return to work. I know it’s only for a few days and we’ll be out of here, but this really starts my full six weeks of work, so [I] entering the locked and loaded start of the season.
Garrett said he will use the time between minicamp and training camp in early July to get back into shape. When asked if he was ever out of shape, he laughed.
“Well, not in other people’s terms,” he said. “In my terms a bit. I always try to stay around my weight and my physique.
It’s that physique and that talent that could one day lead to Garrett’s first visit to the Hall of Fame — unless, of course, Stefanski tells him he has to go next week.
“Until I get my face on it, I don’t want to go there. If we go there as a team and Kevin says, ‘I want you to go, fair play,'” Garrett said. But I’m not trying to go until they get me for good.”
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