Myles Garrett got the full ESPN treatment Monday, making the rounds to all of the network's shows — with one notable exception.
The potential No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft declined to make an appearance on "Mike & Mike," apparently because of past criticism by Booger McFarland. The SEC Network personality was filling in for Mike Golic alongside Mike Greenberg on Monday, and Garrett apparently wasn't interested in a sitdown.
Sorry to the @MikeAndMike fans, Myles Garrett didn't wanna come on due to critical comments I've said in past about his play— Booger (@SECbooger) April 10, 2017
Greenberg alluded to the reason for Garrett's absence on-air, prompting McFarland to delve into the background. The former LSU and NFL player noted (via The Big Lead) that he has had the opportunity to watch Garrett play for Texas A&M numerous times due to his SEC duties.
McFarland said he hasn't seen the kind of toughness or physicality he would like from the Aggies defensive end and is more concerned about that when evaluating Garrett than he is excited about the defensive end's impressive NFL Scouting Combine showing.
"… [B]eing an athlete doesn’t make you a football player," McFarland said. "Ask Mike Mamula, who tore up the Combine but couldn’t break an egg in the NFL. I’m not saying Myles Garrett is gonna do that, but I just look at the tape — and the tape never lies, Greeny — and the tape has said that although he is a tremendous athlete, I just wonder how much does he love playing defensive line and being hit and the collisions that take place time after time. The tape says he’s been hesitant to do that over the last couple years.”
Garrett had plenty of time to state his case for himself as he made the rounds from "SportsCenter" to "First Take" and so on. Perhaps he'll pay a visit to "Mike & Mike" in the future when Golic is back in the chair.