Hailing from a small town in Texas, Kevin Garrett had to overcome illness as a child to play the game of football. Luckily, Garrett had his family’s support, and he eventually graduated with a double major from Southern Methodist University.
During college, Garrett played football and also ran track and field. He started playing football as a linebacker and fullback, before switching to cornerback as a redshirt freshman in college. His track and field accolades helped him get recruited to play football at the collegiate level, but Garrett eventually chose football over track to fulfill his goal of playing in the NFL. He was then selected by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
During his rookie year, Garrett got to experience a “winning culture” with the Rams, playing alongside the likes of Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, and other Hall of Famers. He described this experience as “eye-opening,” and the fast pace of the league made him a student of the game as he worked to separate himself from others. He described his time in the league as “life-changing”.