Browns' Garrett vows to not let 'one moment' define him

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FILE - In this Nov. 14 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) with a helmet during the second half of an NFL football game, in Cleveland. Garrett knows his ugly, helmet-swinging assault on Rudolph last season will always follow him. Speaking to reporters Thursday, July 16, 2020, for the first time since Nov. 14, Garrett, who was suspended six games by the NFL for his actions, touched on a wide range of topics during a 25-minute Zoom conference call. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Myles Garrett knows his shocking, helmet-swinging assault on Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph last season will always follow him. It's part of his legacy, unwanted or not.

He said he won't let it define him.

“My life is bigger than one moment,” Garrett said Thursday.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since Nov. 14, when he ripped off Rudolph's helmet and struck him over the head with it during the closing seconds of a nationally televised game, Garrett touched on a wide range of topics during a 25-minute video conference call.

Garrett said he has not had any communication with Rudolph or Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin since the ugly incident, for which he was suspended six games by the NFL. He has said in the past that Rudolph used a racial slur toward him. He hopes they can eventually work through any differences.

“I do not have any ill intent towards either of them,” he said. "If we are able to talk, we will deal with things as grown men, and that is fine by me. I am just going to keep my eyes forward and keep focused on the plan and the goal.”

On Wednesday, the former No. 1 overall pick signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension, $100 million guaranteed, making him the league's highest-paid defensive player. Garrett's grateful the Browns never wavered in their support following the incident with Rudolph, and they believe the talented 24-year-old has only scratched the surface of his potential.

Garrett thinks so, too, and wants to reward the Browns for their loyalty.