A veteran of ten NFL seasons, Scott said that he does not want his 7-year-old son B.J. to follow in his footsteps and embark on a football career, which would expose him to the dangers and risks involved with the sport.
“I don’t want my son to play football,” Scott said. “I play football so he won’t have to. With what is going on, I don’t know if it’s really worth it.”
Scott’s worked his way from undrafted free agent to highly-paid star, and though he appreciates being in the roughly 2% of players who are able to support their families playing football, he also sees the big picture.
“Think about guys in college or Division III, what’s their reward? What about the other 98%,” Scott said. “My reward is being able to provide for my family at a high level.”
Football has been good to Bart Scott, who will be 32 at the start of the 2012 season and earned a six-year, $48 million deal with the Jets in 2009. But he’d much rather see his son find a passion elsewhere than the gridiron.
“I don’t want to have to deal with him getting a concussion and what it would be like later in life,” Scott said. “It’s not worth it.”
“The most important thing for me is him being around and me being able to spend a long time with him, and I’m sure, at the end of the day, all the things I’m able to buy him from playing football, he’d much rather have me.”
Scott admitted it would be tough if his son decides on his own that he wants to play youth football, and that he’d try to be supportive, even though he’d rather see him play another sport, such as baseball.
“I can’t stop him from doing what he wants to do,” he said, “but I would advise him, and try to push other things in his face that may interest him.”
“The more you tell him not to, the more he’s going [to want] to do it. I would support it, because he’s my son, but I also would try to push baseball in his face.”
It’s certainly an interesting perspective, one that I haven’t heard before among active players. Being a pro football player takes a lot out of a man, and it’s a very delicate balance between the potential risks and rewards.