Jets linebacker Bart Scott is launching a clothing line called “Can’t Wait,” in what sounds at first like an attempt to cash in on the catchphrase he spontaneously coined in an interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio during the playoffs.
But Scott, who applied for a trademark on the phrase “Can’t Wait” in March, told NFL.com he’s planning to donate the proceeds to a fund for the medical care for former Rutgers linebacker Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed in a game last year.
Scott said he doesn’t know LeGrand personally but was moved by hearing about how he has returned to class at Rutgers and kept a positive attitude.
“I’ve never met him but I heard he’s a great kid,” Scott told NFL.com. “He has a lot of concerns and needs right now, but I know someday he will walk, and that’s something I can’t wait for.”
The clothing line will feature three original designs, and Scott said he’ll produce 1,200 shirts at first and see how sales go.
“All the proceeds from the first run will go to LeGrand to help him,” Scott said. “I want to do something for him, to help him. I hope we’ll sell out the shirts quickly so we can get the money to him because things are expensive with his care, and I know there are money needs. For instance, he needs to refit the doors at his house for his wheelchair.”
Hearing about LeGrand’s situation touched Scott personally because Scott has a cousin who was paralyzed in a shooting four years ago. Scott said he’s excited about what the “Can’t Wait” line can do for LeGrand.
“I want to be able to see him lead his team on the field someday,” Scott said. “That’s something I’m looking forward to and I just hope to help him get there.”