New year, new NFL players? Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph are proof good sportsmanship is still important on the football field.
Following Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, it seems the two NFL players’ rivalry from the previous season has come to an end. A friendly truce is called with a simple handshake and friendly compliment.
Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph Exchange Handshakes
Perhaps this will bury the hatchet between the two. An event taking place during Week 11 of the previous season left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. The Browns defensive end hit the Steelers quarterback on the head with his own helmet after the two became engaged in an altercation.
However, they faced off again Sunday afternoon. After a tight game, Cleveland overtook the Browns winning 24-22.
Garrett sprinted across the field and into the tunnel in order to shake Rudolph’s hand. The two shared some friendly words after the game.
“I just told him ‘good game,’” Garrett said, via Browns reporter Jake Trotter. “Hell of a game. And we’ll see ya next week.’’
Everyone was waiting to see what would happen with both Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph on the field, seeing as they hadn’t spoke since last year’s unfortunate incident.
Starting 2021 Off Right Between Players
However, everything went smoothly. More than smoothly, actually, with the two seeming to clear up some of their previous tension.
Rudolph seemed to accept and appreciate Garrett extending an olive branch. He posted on social media of the two shaking hands. He captioned the photo with “Onward and Upward.”
“Myles came over and said good game, and that’s all it was,” Rudolph said in his postgame videoconference. “I told him good luck. Have a lot of respect for him.”
Coming Up Next in the NFL
Garrett didn’t perform a sack during the game, finishing with 12 for the season. Rudolph, who is the substitute for Ben Roethlisberger, completed 22 of 39 passes for 315 yards, achieving two touchdowns and an interception.
The Browns will play at Pittsburgh in the wild-card round next week. This is Cleveland’s first secure position in the playoffs since the team’s creation in 2002.
It appears 2021 will be better and more kosher, at least within the NFL.