Shortly after being reinstated into the NFL, Myles Garrett hopped on a plane to Tanzania.
There, the Cleveland Browns defensive end helped provide clean water to African communities as a part of the Waterboys Organization.
"First Tanzania trip with my @waterboysorg team has been an absolute blessing," Garrett wrote in a tweet, sharing a video of himself playing with a large group of children from his trip. "I finally got a glimpse of the impact our organization has made on the communities of this region, and I can’t wait to show you guys how much of a difference we can make."
Founded in 2015 by former NFL defensive lineman Chris Long, Waterboys has "helped more than 345,000 people gain access to a healthier, more productive way of life," according to its website. A member since entering the league as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, Garrett was named the player captain of the Waterboy program after Long retired following the 2018 season.
Garrett's status as captain, however, appeared to be in jeopardy when he was suspended for the final six games of the 2019 campaign after hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in his head with a helmet during a brawl between the Browns and Steelers in November. Long ultimately opted to keep Garrett front and center, sharing the news in a Twitter statement a day after the scuffle.
“He’s already positively impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people through bringing the gift of clean water to communities," Long wrote in his post. “When I recruited Myles to Waterboys, I recruited him because of his thoughtfulness, intelligence and a strong desire to help others. Even after last night’s ugly scene, I still believe in Myles. He is a good person who absolutely lost his cool and will deservedly reap the consequences. But those consequences will not include taking away a vehicle for him to continue to do good.”
Earlier this month, the NFL reinstated Garrett from what had initially been deemed an indefinite suspension. In an interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes following his reinstatement, Garrett alleged that Rudolph had called him a racial slur during the altercation that led to his suspension.