Booger McFarland admits Myles Garrett’s refusal to do interview bothered him

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SEC Network’s Booger McFarland admitted Wednesday that projected No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett backing out of their scheduled radio interview this week bothered him.

“It bothers me that he can’t handle some criticism,” McFarland said on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge. “There’s going to be criticism on every level especially when you’re the number one overall pick and to me, that’s the one thing that kind of bothers me about it. You’ve got to accept criticism just like the praise.”

McFarland was a guest host on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” Monday with Mike Greenberg when Garrett, a former Texas A&M defensive end, chose not to do the interview because of past criticism from the former LSU star that he believed to be unfair.

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“Here’s what I can’t understand,” McFarland said. “When you’re about to make 27 million dollars guaranteed as the number one pick, and you’re going to an NFL city, I’m just a country boy from Louisiana who’s talking sports on a radio show.  I’m not the person that’s going to cover your team. I’m not doing this every day and you can’t talk to me?”

McFarland referenced criticism former No. 1 picks Jadeveon Clowney and JaMarcus Russell faced when they struggled to live up to the hype early in their professional careers.

“At some point these young guys need to get out of their feelings and stop being so sensitive,” McFarland said. “You’re going to get criticized. The most popular people in the world get criticized all the time.”

McFarland, a defensive tackle, was the 15th overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. He played in nine NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts and won two Super Bowls.

The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick and are expected to take Garrett despite some split opinion within the organization. If he doesn’t get picked by them, he said he will “punish” them for years to come on the team that does.

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