After watching New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott's over-the-top interview on the field after the Jets' upset of the New England Patriots Sunday, sports fans everywhere become aware of what we in Baltimore have known for years: Scott may wear a helmet and pads, but he has the personality of a pro wrestler.
"The Mad Backer" thrives on laying the smack down on the mic as well as the field. During his time with the Ravens (2002-2008), Scott -- who said in a 2007 interview with The Baltimore Sun that his favorite off-day activities were "to shop and watch professional wrestling" -- was the go-to guy in the locker room whenever a reporter needed a juicy quote.
His pro wrestling-style promo when talking to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Sunday caught the attention of Hulk Hogan."He had the cadence down, his eyes were real wide, and he wasn't looking at the interviewer but right down the barrel of that camera," Hogan said in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com. "It was like one of my mid-'80s promos, and all that was missing were a few 'What are you gonna dos?' and some lightning bolts in there. It was right on the money.
" I think it's cool that [Scott] is stepping up and showboating it a bit, because it's about personality and entertaining people, too. When his career's over and he wants to make some real money, tell him to give me a call and we'll break him in the right way."
I have an even better idea. If the Jets go on to the Super Bowl – which would raise Scott's profile even further – WWE and TNA should both try to get Scott to come in and do an angle. He's not a household name like Terrell Owens and Tom Brady, but he does play in the largest market in the country, and that guarantees that his exploits in the ring would get SportsCenter coverage.
Getty Images photo (January 2009)