From the sports editor: Dover’s Scott happy to return to Super Bowl

Dover’s Reggie Scott led a Rams’ staff that was named NFL Athletic Staff of the Year in 2015. Submitted photo

Reggie Scott likes to call it ‘jumbotron medicine.’

It’s just a part of life for an NFL athletic trainer on game day.

They’re well aware that any time they run out on the field to work on a player, cameras might be focused in on their work.

“You’re doing that in front of millions of people,” said Scott. “And multiply that by 10 in the Super Bowl. We all know that, if you make a mistake in jumbotron medicine, you can get crucified.”

But Scott will gladly accept that challenge again today. The Dover High grad is the head trainer for the L.A. Rams, who face the New England Patriots this evening in Super Bowl LIII.

For the 39-year-old Scott, it will be his third Super Bowl. He also made it when he was on staff with the Buccaneers and then the Panthers in back-to-back seasons.

That doesn’t mean this Super Bowl experience is any less special for Scott, though. It’s been 16 years since his team has gotten this far.

“People always say I was so naive,” said Scott. “I thought, ‘Oh, I’m used to this. This is what we do every year — go to the Super Bowl.’

“From ‘03 to now, I think my appreciation is so different. I know how hard it is. I’m cherishing this one a lot differently than those first two, that’s for sure.”

Now in his 15th season as an NFL trainer, Scott has been through a lot of changes since he first joined the Rams in 2011.

The biggest change, of course, is that the Rams were in St. Louis then. They also had losing seasons in Scott’s first seven seasons.

Reggie Scott

Along the way, there’s also been a change in owner, three head coaches and two general managers.

“I can assure you that 95 percent of the people (in the league) haven’t been through actually picking up an NFL team and moving it across the country,” Scott said with a laugh. “I’ve experienced a lot in the last eight years since I’ve been here.”

But Scott says there’s been something special about the Rams since head coach Sean McVay took over. That’s been especially true this season.

“The great thing that Coach McVay did when he came in was, he created this culture of ‘we, not me,’” said Scott. “We all feel like we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves. We’re all contributing to it. There’s nothing like sharing something special like that with people you love and care about.

“We’ve got a great locker room. We’re not in the Super Bowl for no reason. We’ve got phenomenal athletes — not just with how good an athlete they are but they’re even better people. I think that’s what makes this one really special.”

From a trainer’s point of view, Scott is proud of the fact that 21 of the Rams’ 22 starters are healthy for tonight’s game.

Of course, there’s no telling how busy that Scott will be during the Super Bowl.

His job is keep a close eye on the field and have his staff ready if a player needs them. That job has become even more intensive in the last few years with the added attention given to head injuries.

“The big thing for me is to rule out if they’re safe to play or not,” said Scott. “And, if they are safe to play, how can we help them play? That’s critical to help us win games — especially when you have a critical guy go down.

“Collectively, our job is to make quality player health decisions in big-time, hot, emotional moments. That’s not easy but that’s what we’re called to do.”

Scott knows any time he does make it out on the field, he’ll have family and friends back in Dover trying to catch a glimpse of him on TV.

Tonight he’s their personal connection to the Super Bowl.

“It’s funny, my mom sometimes say she’ll watch a game just to see if she can see me,” said Scott. “Especially when we get to these playoff games because everybody’s watching, I’ll get quite a few calls after the game, which is always nice.

“Dover’s always been really supportive of my journey. It’s special to me. It’s cool to be able to share this journey with everybody back in Delaware, for sure.”

Odds & ends

• Woodbridge High football standout Troy Haynes announced on social media that he has committed to NCAA Division III national power Mount Union. It will be interesting to see if he gets the chance to play Wesley during his career.

• Delmar High field hockey player Ashlyn Carr has added Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year to her long list of accomplishments. The senior is headed for the University of Delaware.

• The Philadelphia Eagles have re-signed former Delaware linebacker Paul Worrilow. The Concord High grad suffered a serious knee injury on May 22, in his first on-field practice after signing with the Eagles.

Worrilow grew up a diehard Eagles’ fan.

“I want to make a positive impact for this team more than for any other team in the league,” he’s quoted by Dave Spadaro on the Eagles’ website. “I bleed green. I’m so glad to be coming back. I’m excited to re-write this story a little bit.”

• Padua track & field coach Marnie Giunta has been named the winner of the Tubby Raymond Award as the state’s Coach of the Year. She’ll be honored at the Delaware Sportswriters & Broadcasters 70th annual banquet on Feb. 18 at the Sheraton Wilmington South Hotel in New Castle.

Tickets are available at $35 at http://www.delasports.org/

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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