CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is in Orlando, Florida, this week for the 2019 Pro Bowl, and he wanted to make sure those who helped get him to the NFL’s annual All-Star Game were recognized for their efforts.
In a video shared by the Browns’ official Twitter account, Garrett thanked the fans and promised to represent the organization well.
“Here in Orlando,” Garrett said with a smile. “Y’all got me here. Such a blessing to be here with all these great players, great coaches and all these great Browns fans that are here showing us the love. Thank you, and I’ll represent.”
Garrett earned selection to his first Pro Bowl after a standout second season with the Browns.
Fully healthy coming into his second NFL season, Garrett emerged as a leader for the Browns’ defense and registered 44 total tackles, including 35 solo stops, while playing in all 16 games for the team who selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Of those 44 tackles, 13.5 were sacks on opposing quarterbacks for 75.5 lost yards and finished the year with the fourth-most sacks in a single season in franchise history.
With 20.5 career sacks, Garrett registered the most by a Brown in his first 27 games, as well as the most by a defender in his first two professional seasons. This year, Garrett ranked sixth in the NFL with the 13.5 sacks and fourth in the AFC with four forced fumbles.
For his efforts, Garrett became the Browns’ first front seven defender to reach All-Pro status since linebacker Jamir Miller in 2001 and first defensive lineman since Michael Dean Perry made the AP All-Pro Team in 1994.
Garrett and Browns offensive lineman Joel Bitonio were named second-team All-Pro for the 2018 season. Like Garrett, Bitonio will participate in the 2019 Pro Bowl after being selected from a pool of alternates.
Along with Garrett and Bitonio, rookie cornerback Denzel Ward and wide receiver Jarvis Landry will represent the Browns at the 2019 Pro Bowl.
In addition to the game, Garrett and Ward will participate in the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown on Thursday night.