A native of Mart, Texas, and captain of his high school’s state championship team, Garrett became a 4-year starter for Baylor from 2000 through 2003, earning All Big 12 Conference Honors (2nd team) his senior season. That same year, he led the Bears in sacks and he was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates. He currently ranks among the Top 5 in multiple defensive categories, including Career Tackles for Loss, Season Tackles for Loss, and Most Sacks in a Season. He is also a member of Baylor Football’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
Following his career at Baylor, Garrett went on to play in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens and the Green Bay Packers. His final year as a professional player was spent in NFL Europe helping lead the Amsterdam Admirals to the 2005 World Bowl Championship.
After retiring from football, Garrett returned to his hometown a local hero. Following in the footsteps of his mother, Jesse “Miss Peaches” Garrett, a cornerstone in Mart’s African American community, John Garrett is making a lasting impact in his city. He coaches youth football, regularly volunteers for city-wide clean ups, mentors troubled teens, and he is a proud member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Mart.
Garrett owns and operates a successful landscaping business, aptly named “Big Tank’s Grass Service” located in Mart. In 2017, he was elected to serve on Mart’s city council, and he was recently awarded the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from Mart ISD.
Please join us at McLane Stadium this Thursday as we honor 2019 Baylor Football Legend, John Garrett!
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