Yesterday during GAMETIME, Bart Scott joined us in studio for an hour which seemed more like 10 minutes. Up to then, I never had the opportunity to speak with Bart for such an extended period. I was a fan going into the interview and I left an even bigger fan.
Bart Scott is a perfect example of the American Dream. As a boy, he grew up in the Detroit area and aspired to become a professional athlete. He would go on to play football in college as a Southern Illinois Saluki and later as you all know, he would be signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent. In 2006 Bart was a Pro Bowler.
Bart is sincere, he’s personable, he’s humble, he’s devoted, he possesses an adolescent affinity for the game of football, he loves our community and he loves being a Baltimore Raven.
Our interview will be up on the GAMETIME archives later today and you can hear it commercial free in it’s entirety. One of my personal favorite segments of the interview was Bart’s response to my rock, paper, scissors question. If you recall NFL Network featured the Ravens v. Jets from 2004 in Giants Stadium. Ed Reed and Will Demps are seen doing rock, paper, scissors to determine which of the two would go on a blitz called by then defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.
I asked Bart about that and he said that the Ravens do things like that all the time on defense. He said that he and Ray have done it before when both are tired and might lack that prerequisite burst needed to blitz effectively due to a bit of fatigue.
And while I found the story humorous in and of itself (especially when you consider the sophistication of a Rex Ryan defense), the look in Bart’s eye showed a true love of the game and an appreciation of where he is in his NFL career.
Off the air, we discussed several things, among them his potential as a radio show host. In my opinion, he is the perfect replacement for Adalius Thomas on Baltimore’s ESPN Radio. To my surprise, he didn’t appear very interested despite his obvious level of comfort on air. His reasoning drew me in and made perfect sense considering the journey he’s taken so far in his career.
Bart in so many words explained that to do a radio show, it would take several hours a month of his time when you factor in the on air time and the prep time for each show. He added that all those hours during a season would take away from his desire to improve his game and take it to what he described as the “next level.” The show he said would be fun, yet those hours dedicated to it would be better served refining his productivity as a player.
Here’s to my favorite Saluki getting to that desired next level.
How he gets there might be as simple as rock, paper, scissors.