Jets' Ryan speaks to LB Scott about fan comments

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012
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Scott, obviously, isn't OK with everything fans say or do, using the example of hearing about former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox once having garbage dumped on his lawn by fans. He also said he read that someone said he'd "probably be unemployed on the streets" if he didn't play football.

"I'd like to think that my economic degree would get me some type of job," he said. "There are certain perceptions about athletes whether they're warranted or not. But I know what and who I am and I'm comfortable in my own skin."

He also pointed out that many players often have their wives, children, family members and friends in the stands during games who are subjected to the negative comments.

"But I guess that's what we sign up for," he said. "We're public figures and we open ourselves up to criticism. That comes with the territory. That's fine."

Scott wanted to make it clear that the players are not in any way satisfied with losing, and they are just as disappointed by bad losses such as the one to the Patriots on national television.

"We didn't put 40 hours of work coming in here and practicing, going through game plans," he said, "to go out there and embarrass ourselves and let our teammates down and our coaching staff down and let our city down."

Scott later said his comments from the previous day were just him "being defensive" and that fans know who he really is, pointing out the extensive charity work he does.

"You can't judge somebody by the three hours that you see in shoulder pads and helmet," he said.

Scott was regularly one of the Jets' top tacklers during his first seasons with the Jets, but ranks seventh (44) this season with less playing time while dealing with his toe injury. Ryan raved about Scott's leadership qualities and how he wants him to be healthy so he can play more often.

"The way he's attacking the run and doing different things, Bart doesn't hurt us," Ryan said. "Let's put it this way: He helps us."

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