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November 17, 2011

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Bills S, Bryan Scott Interview

by Max Strauss

Bryan Scott played college football for the Penn State Nittany Lions and he entered the 2003 NFL Draft, and was drafted in the 2nd round, 55th overall by the Atlanta Falcons. He was a teammate of Michael Vick back in the day with the Falcons. He went through rough years in his career before finding a home in Buffalo. He has been with the Bills since 2007. Check out our interview that was conducted towards the middle of the 2011 NFL season.

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Announcement : My name is Max Strauss with http://prointerviews.org/, http://facebook.com/ProInterviews/ and http://twitter.com/ProInterviews/. I’d like to welcome you to the interview with Bryan Scott. Scott attended Penn State University. He totaled over 200 tackles in his collegiate career. He then entered the 2003 NFL Draft and was drafted in the 2nd round, 55th overall by the Atlanta Falcons. He played with the Falcons from 2003-2005. He was then traded and played for the New Orleans Saints in 2006. He then signed with the Titans in the offseason only to be cut before the season started. He was signed quickly by the Buffalo Bills and has a remained a member of the team since 2007. In his time with the Bills so far, he’s totaled over 250 tackles, 6 sacks, 12 pass deflections, and 3 interceptions. Here is the interview with Bryan Scott and I hope you enjoy the collages also.

Strauss : How do you connect with your fans?

Scott : The biggest way is through Facebook and Twitter. Every now and then, fan mail will still comes to me at the facility.

Strauss : What was your experience like playing youth football?

Scott : It was a great experience. Just high school in general was a good time. It was so much fun to go out and play Friday Night Football under the lights. It was just fun. It was almost like no worries, didn’t have a care in the world, but we just went out and had fun.

Strauss : When did you start playing instruments?

Scott : I started playing the piano when I was maybe in the sixth or seventh grade. Actually before that, I played the snare drums in fifth grade. I then moved onto the saxophone in middle school. I started the tenor saxophone, and then I moved onto the Baritone saxophone.

Strauss : What was your high school experience like?

Scott : My high school football experience was great and fun. Our high school went from 10th grade to 12th grade, so coming in as a tenth-grader, there were seniors that really took me in under their wing, and looked out for me, and showed me the ropes. By the time, I was a senior I was able to pass on the same knowledge and fundamentals to the sophomores that had just came into the school.

Strauss : What was your experience like at Penn State?

Scott : It was a valuable experience. The thing that I took away from Penn State that carried on with me long after I graduated, and long after I hang up the football cleats, I made some great friendships. My friends are like brothers to me, and the life lessons that I Coach Paterno taught me. I might not have understood them while I was in school, but I definitely understand and appreciate them now.

Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Penn State?

Scott : There are probably way too many to name. But, some of my best memories… One was when Joe Paterno won his 324th game, which is now nothing because he has won so many more. It made him the all-time winningest football coach. There are others that are just personal and private moments within the team.

Strauss : Your senior year you took a semester abroad, what was that like because you’re trying to prepare for a professional career. How did that work out with the whole aspect just going abroad while still staying in shape and all that?

Scott : Well, I actually studied abroad in Fiji and studied ecotourism for a summer semester. It gave me enough time to go away and get the studying done, and then come back and prepare for my senior year of school. While I was there, we were so active while we were in Fiji. There was hiking, kayaking, swimming, running on the beach. There were a lot of little things I did to make sure I stayed in shape.

Strauss : Do you have a favorite memory from Fiji?

Scott : First of all, we were in the country with a great group of people. I actually learned how and became a certified scuba diver while I was in Fiji, and the diving there was incredible. The island that we stayed on, our little hut was maybe twenty feet from the water, so maybe every night I could sit back on the hammock on the porch, and just sit by the ocean. It was great.

Strauss : You play your senior year, and then, what was your experience like leading up to the NFL Draft?

Scott : At that point, I was in training at the Penn State weight room. My day consisted pretty much and getting up and taking guys through their lists. Around lunch time, I would get my training in for the Combine and Pro Day. It ended with me taking guys through their lists in the afternoon and early evening. The Penn State strength coaches did a great job in getting us prepared for the Pro Day, making sure that we were eating the right things, making sure we were working out and getting everything we needed, so we could be at our peak when the Pro Day came.

Strauss : What was your draft day experience like?

Scott : Draft day is a long experience. It’s a long day, but it’s kind of like you dream of getting to a certain point in your life since you’re a little kid, and when that day comes, you’re just kind of sitting there, waiting to hear your name called. There were some times where my phone kept ringing to tell folks that, “No I haven’t heard anything yet. Please don’t call because I need to keep this line open so when a team does call, they can get through.” At first, I started watching the draft, and the first round itself would take so long, that I left the house, ran some errands, went outside, played a little basketball with my brother, and then as soon as I was able to settle back and settle down from all of the excitement from the Draft in the beginning, that’s when my phone rang. That’s when the Falcons called.

Strauss : Can you take me through your NFL journey?

Scott : Starting with the Falcons it was a great experience. The Falcons have a wonderful organization starting with their owner, and working all of the way down. That was my first NFL experience, my first NFL team. It was an invaluable experience filled with knowledge that I was able to take with me through my NFL journey. I got traded from Atlanta to New Orleans and things didn’t really work out there like I would have wanted them too. Everything happens for a reason, and in New Orleans the year after the storm was my gratifying NFL season, and not even because of anything I did on the field, I was hurt three quarters of the year. But, just to be able to be a part of the New Orleans community through the storm, and trying to do my part in trying to help rebuild the community really meant a lot to me. As life goes on, I ended up with the Bills and I’m grateful to be here and part of the Bills’ organization and the Bills’ community. They have a really classy organization, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Strauss : If you don’t mind me asking, what was it like to play with Michael Vick back in the day?

Scott : Mike was, and still is an incredible athlete. I don’t think there was a day really where I went by in practice that I’d be like, ‘Wowww!! Did you just see what Mike just did on the practice field?” We always said how lucky we were to have him on our team instead of having to game-plan against him. He was a quiet leader on the field.

Strauss : Do you have a favorite memory helping out the New Orleans’ community?

Scott : My favorite memory was definitely the third game of the season. As you could imagine, it was electrifying. When we scored our first touchdown off of a blocked punt, the roof pretty much exploded off of that stadium. It was just really, really neat to be part of that special night.

Strauss : Yeah, you guys killed Atlanta [Falcons] that game, I remember that.

Scott : Yeah, we did. It was gratifying in more ways than one. It was unfortunate for me because I was coming off of a hamstring injury, and I re-injured my hamstring in the first quarter of that game. So I didn’t get to play as much as I would have liked to. It was definitely cool to beat Atlanta because I had just been traded from there.

Strauss : With the Bills, you’ve gone through a recent coaching change, what was that like the change from Dick Jauron to Chan Gailey?

Scott : Anytime there’s a coaching change, I have to role with the change and get to know the new coaches, and their plays. Coach Gailey came in and did a great job at taking over. He’s a man that I respect even outside of coaching, just the way that he leads the team. He does a really good job with that and gives a lot of advice and values that you can take outside of football, kind of like how Coach Paterno taught.

Strauss : In two weeks, you had two interceptions, a sack, and what’s it been like to intercept Tom Brady? If you want to take me through what happened there, and also take me through the Cincinnati interception and your awful celebration when you scored the touchdown?

Scott : Well, I mean anytime you can get an interception and get your hands on the football, it’s a great feeling. I guess it feels even better to know that you got one off of a future Hall of Famer in Tom Brady. It was a really good feeling, and it helped the team to win the ball game. There was a lot of satisfaction coming from that. The formation that they ran was something that we had seen before, and Danny Woodhead just kind-of botched and I was able to get my hands on it.

The 2nd interception was also cool because if you looked before in the game, I had a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown that was called back. That was my first time scoring in nine years. I scored one other time during my rookie year in the preseason, but obviously that doesn’t count. When they reversed the call, I was like, ‘Man, how are you going to take this from me?’ But, a few plays later, I was able to get it back. That also was exciting, but it was kind of null and void when your team doesn’t come away with a victory, that dampens the moment. And as far as my bad celebration dance, yes, I’m not a dancer. I’ve never been one to showboat, so I don’t have any great celebrations (laughs).

Strauss : If you could describe yourself as any ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?

Scott : Hmm… (laughs)… Hmm… Man, that’s a good one. I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you why I would be Mint Chocolate Chip (laughs).

Strauss : I know you have, ‘Pick Your Passion Foundation for the Arts’ want to tell me about what you have done in the community?

Scott : The arts is something that is near and dear to me because I’ve been so passionate about music ever since I could crawl and reach the pots and pans and bang on them to make noise. It’s my way of giving back and creating opportunity for those who want to engage themselves in arts or who want to learn more about them. We’ve launched my foundation. I’m excited for it to get off of the ground so we can continue to bring exposure to the arts and to everyone involved.

Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?

Scott : Just always do the right thing. Because there are so many things that have to happen for one to make it in the NFL. To hone in and focus on your grades and school is huge. To eat the right things. To workout like you’re supposed to. To stay away from the things that would take away from you making it to the next level, whatever that next level is. A big thing is choosing your friends wisely. Not everyone can be your friend. There will be some people who say are your friend, but they try to tear you down. They don’t do things that help you to where you need to go. Those would be my big things.

Strauss : You know that Stevie Johnson raps, you should both collaborate on something and make a Bills’ song for the fans?

Scott : We’ve talked about it. It’s a possibility. We’ll see what happens.

Strauss : Thank you so much for taking the time to do the interview, I really appreciate it.

Scott : Not a problem man. You take care of yourself.

Announcement : Thank you for listening to the interview with Bryan Scott. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you leave your comments below as well! Please check out my website https://prointerviews.org/ for other interviews, “LIKE” the Facebook page at http://facebook.com/ProInterviews/, and follow me on twitter at http://twitter.com/ProInterviews/. Please subscribe to me on YouTube at http://youtube.com/ProInterviews/ Thanks again for listening! Stay tuned for more, and feel free to contact me!

->Here are the personal questions that Bryan Scott answered.<-

Strauss : What is your favorite song to listen to before a game? 

Scott : I don’t really have one. I used to listen to music, but now that music is on in the locker room, I listen to what everyone else plays, so it really doesn’t matter what’s playing.

Strauss : What is your favorite TV Show? 

Scott : Dexter.

Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time? Why?

Scott : Too many to name. Anything that’s a comedy. Oh, and “White Men Can’t Rap” is not in top three, but definitely in top five.

Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?

Scott : Apple Pie.

Strauss : What would be your last meal on earth be? 

Scott : Ooh man, I don’t know because whatever I say I will try to stay away from it knowing it’s my last one. (laughs)

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 17 2011

    Max,
    This was a great interview. No offense, but I am glad that you didn’t bring up the whole Penn State fiasco right now. Bryan Scott is so far past that. I love that he isn’t sure what his last meal would be because he knows it would be his last. Hilarious. Had to digg this too. Kudos!

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  2. Nov 18 2011

    Great work, man! I really enjoyed the interview. You do good work when you do these – you are really quick to shoot off questions and you did a good job being careful with the whole Penn State fiasco subject. You are definitely more enjoyable to listen to than those over-intrusive professional journalists for major newspapers and such. Kudos!

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