Scott Says Wrestling Didn't Violate Jets Contract

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 03: Bart Scott #57 of the New York Jets celebrates their 37-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at Giants Stadium on January 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

    Jets linebacker Bart Scott is arguing that taking part in professional wrestling during the offseason is no different from other offseason activities and endorsements.

    "It would be like going on 'Dancing With the Stars,'" the Jets' linebacker told ESPNNewYork.com.

    It's a fair point since players regularly appear on DWTS, including Jason Taylor who did it several years back while with the Dolphins.

    The Jets have been curiously quiet on Scott's offseason activities although Scott has some thoughts on that, too.

    "Did I have to check when I ate Wise potato chips? (An endorsement he did last fall.) Did Sanchez have to check when he threw a Pepsi bottle in a Pepsi commercial? Do you have to check when you shoot a Dicks commercial and have to run across the floor? At what point does it bear conversation?"

    Scott admits to being a huge wrestling fan.

    In watching his TNA iMPACT debut, you could argue that the most harmful part wasn't the choreographed takedown by Kurt Angle, but the observation by one of the announcers: "The New York Jets -- they've been tapping out since 1969."

    You can watch the segment here, about 12:15 minutes in.

    In other Scott news ... he became something of a YouTube sensation in January when he yelled "Can't wait!" after the Jets' upset playoff victory over the Patriots. And now, Scott has trademarked the catchphrase.

    Appearing as a guest at ESPN the Weekend at Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., Scott said "it took on a life of its own."

    "It really took off on ESPN, it took over on YouTube. My wife said, ‘You should trademark it.’ Once I started to hear people were trying to make T-shirts, I said, ‘I tell you what, if anybody is going to benefit off ‘Can’t Wait’, it should be me.’"