When it became apparent the New York Jets weren’t going to re-sign Bart Scott to a new contract this offseason, many thought that an NFL team would pick him up and use his veteran presence to bolster any defense in the league. But out of nowhere came a report that Scott has officially retired and CBS has hired him as an analyst.
We all remember him being with Rex Ryan on those vaunted Baltimore Ravens defensive units of the early 2000’s with then head coach Brian Billick and when Ryan moved to become the head coach of the New York Jets four years ago, of course Scott would jump on the chance to help out his favorite coach.
Scott relished the chance to face the New England Patriots twice a year and his greatest victory moment came during the 2010 AFC divisional game in Foxboro when he told ESPN’s Sal, Palantonio, after discussing how everyone was disrespecting the Jets that he “CAN’T WAIT” to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in their second trip to the AFC Championship game.
When healthy Scott was a monster going after the quarterback as he would roar and pounce on his pray like a predator. In his last two seasons, we started to see Scott’s bad side as he engaged in a war with the local media.
Even when SNY's Jeane Coakley tried to sweet talk Scott into breaking his media boycott after the win over the St. Louis Rams last year, he finally decided to open up and talk about his fumble return and how he got caught by former Jets tight end Matthew Mulligan.
So after one of the biggest mouths and one of the hardest defenders has enjoyed a solid NFL career, he finally called it quits and decided to hang up his football cleats. He will now hand in his shoulder pads for a microphone and a headset as he describes the plays from the broadcast booth.