When I was a kid, we used to play football in the front yard or down the street a few blocks at the elementary school. Plays were drawn up in the dirt, often with directions like "when you get to where the fire hydrant is, cut in and I'll hit you there." I guess that's how most kids in America get their start playing football. Later, some continue on to play in organized leagues or on school teams. But Jason Garrett's start in football was a little different.
Jim Garrett's son, Jason, was 13. Standing in the back yard before a handful of pro running backs, Jason asked his dad, "Who is the quarterback?"
"You are," his father told him. "And let me tell you, if you don't throw the ball accurately or get them the ball when they need it, they aren't going to run hard.
"He was accurate, and they couldn't believe it."
You're 13 years old, and you're slinging the rock with the Cleveland Browns. Jason Garret was born to be a coach in this league.