Bart Scott to appear with Hulk Hogan

Updated: February 24, 2011, 2:57 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jets linebacker Bart Scott grew up watching and mimicking Hulk Hogan.

Now he will get a chance to appear with his favorite wrestler, The Hulkster, on TNA Wrestling. TNA announced that the outspoken linebacker will assist Hogan's return to the ring from a back injury on Spike TV's "TNA Impact" on March 3.

Scott, who likely won't do much physically to avoid risking injury, should feel right at home since he grew up watching professional wrestling and counts Hogan as his inspiration for trash-talking. Scott has long been one of the biggest talkers in the NFL and his postgame rant with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio following the Jets' 28-21 victory over the Patriots in the AFC divisional showdown became an instant YouTube classic.

After Scott chided those who allegedly disrespected the Jets, Paolantonio congratulated the linebacker and said, "See you in Pittsburgh."

Scott then barked the infamous words "Can't wait!" as if he were being interviewed by Mean Gene Okerlund himself. Just about the only thing Scott didn't do was put his hand to his ear like his favorite wrestler.

Hogan noticed Scott's diatribe and was impressed.

"It was like one of my mid-'80s promos, and all that was missing were a few 'What are you gonna dos?' and some lightning bolts in there," Hogan told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian O'Connor. "It was right on the money. I think it's cool that [Scott] is stepping up and showboating it a bit, because it's about personality and entertaining people, too.

"I could tell Bart had been watching wrestling, and it's pretty cool because a lot of these guys are afraid to step outside the box. ... Sometimes when you say stuff, you believe it and it happens."

Now, Scott will actually get a chance to live out a childhood dream and talk trash to other wrestlers alongside his boyhood wrestling hero.

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