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Former Raven Bart Scott to appear at tonight¿s TNA taping

Anyone familiar with Bart Scott knew it was just a matter of time before he got involved in pro wrestling in some capacity.

The bombastic former Raven and current New York Jets linebacker will be part of tonight's TNA Impact taping in Fayetteville, N.C.

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Not surprisingly, "The Mad Backer" will be a heel. According to a TNA news release, Scott will assist Hulk Hogan in his "triumphant return to the ring to settle a score with Kurt Angle and Kazarian." It's unclear exactly what Scott's role will be, but his NFL contract likely prohibits him from much – if any – physical contact.

The show will air next Thursday.

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Scott, an avid wrestling fan, garnered national attention when he cut a pro wrestling-style promo during an on-field interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio after the Jets' upset of the New England Patriots in a playoff game last January.

Hogan praised Scott's performance in a subsequent interview with ESPNNewYork.com: "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."

TNA has been promoting that there will be a "shocking surprise" at the end of tonight's episode of Impact, which was taped last week. Since Hogan's return from a recent hiatus has been advertised for the March 3 episode, it seems unlikely that the Scott/Hogan angle has anything to do with it.

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