Linebacker Bart Scott knew what was coming before the question was even asked: was he looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward on Monday night?
"What are you talking about?" Scott asked rhetorically. "I don't have a rivalry with anybody. Just trying to get a football game and get a dub [win]. Need a dub."
In the Ravens' last visit to Heinz Field, Ward decked free safety Ed Reed and Scott with crushing blocks. Scott admitted to threatening to "kill" Ward during the game and pledged to even the score. But Ward did not play in the season finale at M&T Bank Stadium.
Asked if he would seek out Ward and exchange pleasantries before the game, Scott said. "Why would I tell you something like that? You just had to ask the question, huh? No, I'm going out there to try and win a football game. All of that other stuff is whatever."
A reporter then told Scott that Ward said he likes the Ravens linebacker. Scott returned the favor, saying, "I think he did some tremendous things. I was really impressed with what he did with bringing those kids over from Asia. I watched the special. I think that was heartfelt. Football is a totally different thing. Like I said, I don't care if my mother was out there. I'd smack her around, too. That's just football. It doesn't matter. If she's got a different jersey on, she's got to get dealt with."