Garrett is being recognized nationally for his achievements on King's football team.  Photo Credit: King's College Athletics
Garrett is being recognized nationally for his achievements on King’s football team.
Photo Credit: King’s College Athletics

Just like many on the nearly 120-manned Monarch football roster, Ron Garrett was a regular face at practice. He tore his ACL in preseason one year, ending any question marks on the player he could have been in 2011. The club responded, going 1-9 and averaging 11.5 points per game. They were also shut out twice by the likes of Widener University and Bethany College.

But Garrett returned stronger than ever his senior season. The jovial 6-foot-1 defensive lineman racked up 42 tackles and four and a half sacks and decided to return for a fifth year, one which will be remembered as one of the greatest single seasons in school history of any sport.

“I’ve been working hard for the last four years and it hasn’t really shown with the wins we’ve had,” Garrett said to the Crown last week.

“To have these touchdowns… it makes me glad I came back for the fifth year and that I made the right decision. It makes me feel not as bad that I tore my ACL. People say everything happens for a reason. If I didn’t tear it, I wouldn’t be back here. That’s how I look at it.”

For a regular student or athlete at King’s College to see one of his or her own get national recognition is awe-inspiring. Being mentioned on ESPN College Game Day, nominated for the Geico Play of the Year, Sports Illustrated’s Face in the Crowd section, the list could go on.

Garrett deserves his praise. He has earned the competitive right to trash talk anyone in the Middle Atlantic Conference. No one is complaining if Garrett or others start referring to him as “Mr. Scoop and Score.” Five consecutive games with defensive touchdowns, defensive lineman or not, is no laughing matter.

Garrett’s touchdowns have become folklore down Lane’s Lane and legend up and down North River Street. We will remember one of the greatest feats of any athlete that has been on campus in years. Not only number 97s five emphatic returns, but also that King’s athletics are the best they have been in a while.