Off the Field: Bryan Scott

Strong safety talks about pregame rituals, his favorite music, T.O.'s work ethic and much more...

What is your favorite TV Show?

I'll say Dexter. I haven't seen any of the new season yet but I'll probably get the DVD when it comes out. It's just suspenseful. It keeps you on edge. And my guilty pleasure would be The Real Housewives of Atlanta. That's pretty funny.

Who's your favorite musician?

It goes anywhere from Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, India Arie, the late-great Michael Jackson. You name it. I like them all. I liked all of (Jackson's) songs. They were all great. "Man in the Mirror," "P.Y.T.," "Thriller," "Bad," "Beat It."

Do those songs get you fired up, though?

Those are easygoing songs. I definitely do not listen to Michael before a game.

What do you jam to before the game?

I'm one of those guys that will listen to whatever is playing in the locker room. I used to bring my iPod into the locker room and put my headphones on. It's kind of funny because there are so many things going on in there. I kind of get in my own zone. I don't listen to any music. I just get my mind right in quiet time.

Who on the team is ready to bash his head through a wall at this point?

(laughs) We have a few guys like that. They have that expression all over their face. The locker room is really a neat thing on gameday. You walk around and see how guys prepare themselves as they get ready to go at it. Some guys like to be more jovial. They like to laugh and be easygoing. Other guys are really uptight and really nervous. Other guys, are the quiet before the storm — you can see the fierceness in their face. They're listening to their headphones and not saying much.

Some guys like to lay out all their equipment. Some guys like to look in the mirror and make sure everything is in place. I don't know if it's a superstition. Some guys like to get their ankles taped and get away from and go out to the field.

If you could have dinner with any five people, who would you pick?

President Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs. I'm a huge Apple fan, so it'd be great to talk to him. Definitely artists too. I'm not sure which ones.

What is your dream vacation?

Going back to Fiji. I've been there before to study abroad for a summer session. It was unbelievable. I'm trying to get back. I might have to put it on the backburner.

How many more years are you hoping to play in the NFL?

My goal coming in was 10 years. Anything after that was icing on the cake. As long as my body holds up, we'll see.

Who is the best receiver in the NFL?

Hard to say. Randy Moss, Brandon Marshall and definitely Terrell (Owens). Watching him work every day, he's definitely in there. After watching Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame speech, I see a lot of similarities in them. He works hard, puts the time in, is a great teammate and a leader. You see a lot of things in the media, and I don't think it's always a fair deal. It's been really great to see him work. The time is definitely put in. He goes all out. He's a 14-year vet, still working hard every day. That's the formula to longevity, I guess."

How does your body feel at this point?

There are certain things I do. I'm definitely not 21 or 22 anymore. As you grow older and wiser, you start doing small things to take care of your body. I definitely see the difference in being 21 and 28. Our day off was always great earlier in my career. Now, Wednesday is a little slower.

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