Why, of course: Bart Scott got his inspiration from Hulk Hogan

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Bart’s Scott’s now immortal post-game interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio was inspired by a surprising source.

Well, perhaps not that surprising if you thought enough about it.  Scott was a huge Hulk Hogan fan growing up.  Still is.

“To this day,” Scott’s mother told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian O’Connor,  “you can’t tell Bart that wrestling isn’t real.”

Scott says he admired how Hogan changed wrestling.

“It wasn’t the fact that Hulk Hogan was a wrestler,” Scott  said. “What I took from it was that he was a trendsetter, no different from Ali or Babe Ruth.”

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News says that it’s been Scott’s lifelong goal to meet Hogan.   Well, O’Connor tracked down The Hulkster, who is now aware of Scott because of his post-game speech.

“I knew when Bart looked down the barrel of the camera he believed in himself and in what he was saying,” Hogan growled by phone.   “And that makes him a real dangerous man.”   (We don’t really know he growled, but it’s a safe bet, right?)

Hogan says the interview reminded him of one of his mid-80’s promos and that he could tell Scott watched wrestling. Heck, it may be a future career path for the declining linebacker.

“When his career’s over and he wants to make some real money, tell him to give me a call and we’ll break him in the right way,” Hogan said.

Two words come to mind: CAN’T WAIT!

34 responses to “Why, of course: Bart Scott got his inspiration from Hulk Hogan

  1. Bart Scott did you compare Hulk Hogan to Muhammad Ali and Babe Ruth with a straight face?

    *shakes head in disbelief

  2. I met Hulkster in Tampa at the TB Lightning / NHL championship series, he was sitting right next to me. They kept putting the camera on him before he went up to a box. Before he left, he said see ya brother and I had a flashback of him saying that to Mean Gene, LOL. Nice guy.

  3. .

    haha,
    that interview was 100% wrestling style, scanning left and right never focusing on the enemy….

    I was laughing the whole time…. Sal could barely hold back the laughter…. classic

  4. What’s up with the “declining linebacker” speak. He anchored the 1st and 3rd best defense in the league for two consecutive years.

  5. while Bart Scott is doing interviews about his interview, and the Jets are still mad at the Patriots, the Steelers are preparing for a game.
    Steelers win 24-13.
    not a fan of either team

  6. Whatcha gonna do when bartamania runs wild on you??????Bart Scott shut up and just play football.If you hit someone as hard as you talk then i would be impressed

  7. That interview by Bart Scott was one of the greatest post-game interviews I’ve ever seen. I wish more players would give these types of soundbites.

    We definitely need some more Bart Scott-like promos in the NFL!

    P.S. I hate the Jets.

  8. Okay, I was a little bit amazed at the number of Hulk Hogan lovers. I hadn’t realized that wrestling was honest to goodness popular.

    For a quick poll… if you like wrestling thumbs up to this… if you don’t then thumbs down.

  9. “I knew when Bart looked down the barrel of the camera he believed in himself and in what he was saying,” Hogan growled by phone. “And that makes him a real dangerous man.”

    Truer words were NEVER spoken. I wish Bart had been a Raven last weekend. I think that a little of THAT attitude on the Ravens would have made a difference in that game.

    Attention John Harbaugh: Watch Bart Scott’s postgame interview so you know what you want your players to be like next season!!!!

  10. A quick search shows WWE Raws ratings on 1/17/11 as a 3.28 which they say equals 5 million viewers.

    Another search puts MNF at 19 million viewers.

    WWE is still pretty popular though.

  11. Had to go back and watch the original video–now that I know Bart is a little Hulkster–Bart comes off much better and I can appreciate his zeal.

  12. Maybe Scott’s speech will inspire Rex to shave his head and don the King Kong Bundy onesie for the game this week.

  13. spungy says:
    Jan 21, 2011 4:19 PM
    Isn’t Hulk Hogan in TNA wrestling now? I guess by “real money” he means $30,000 a year. lol

    Google Hulk Hogan’s net worth. It’s about 32 Million. I’d say the “REAL MONEY”!!!

  14. The game this weekend wil have the two biggest idiots in the NFL on display. Bart Scott and Ike “swaggin” Taylor

  15. I had no idea that anyone watched wrestling. Let alone a 2:1 ratio of those that polled liking it over those that don’t.

    That amazes me.

  16. Bart Scott is just a jealous, frustrated, and very angry guy. He also displays the IQ of an Ameba. I think his condition is caused by a chemical imbalance between brain cells and testosterone.

  17. Not a Pitt fan, but I CAN’T WAIT for the Steelers to send the Jets and their mouths home for the season.

    Seriously, can any non-Jet fan stand listening to Coach Footlicker run his mouth for two weeks?

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