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How Cale Garrett found clarity through hiking

How Cale Garrett found clarity through hiking

Cale Garrett used to have a lazy eye, but you wouldn’t know it right now. The way those keen blue eyes listen with curious intensity to their surroundings at Pinnacles Youth Park, that doesn’t point to a kid who had to wear a corrective patch for almost two years.

The eyes are the first thing I notice when I meet Garrett to hike the incline’s 300 million-year-old rocks. When he’s surrounded by TV cameras, those eyes can appear bored, but right now they are wide and bright in nature, probing through the trees toward unexplored places.

Missouri LB Cale Garrett sits during a hike

Missouri LB Cale Garrett sits during a hike through mid-Missouri on Sept. 25.

Missouri LB Cale Garrett talks during a hike

Missouri LB Cale Garrett talks during a hike through mid-Missouri on Sept. 25.

Cale Garrett shows off a big grin

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Missouri linebacker Cale Garrett shows off a big grin while walking off the field with a 37-0 lead at halftime against Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 14 at Memorial Stadium.

Missouri LB Cale Garrett sits during a hike

Missouri LB Cale Garrett sits during a hike through mid-Missouri on Sept. 25.

Cale Garrett brings down SEMO wide receiver Aaron Alson

Senior linebacker Cale Garrett brings down Southeast Missouri wide receiver Aaron Alson in the first quarter of Missouri’s 50-0 rout of the Redhawks in 2019. The Tigers again host the FCS in-state foe this upcoming Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

  • Bennett Durando covers Mizzou football for the Missourian. Reach him with tips, story ideas or Mizzou-induced rage at bdurando@outlook.com, or in the newsroom at 573-882-5700.

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