Backup Carolina offensive lineman Chris Scott has played three seasons with the Panthers, but Wednesday was the first time he agreed to talk to the media. Scott started eight games at guard in 2013, so there would have been reasons for reporters to speak to him.
But the quiet Georgia native had always politely declined interview requests. Until Wednesday.
“I’m making an exception,” Scott said, smiling. “I usually defer everything to (Pro Bowl center Ryan) Kalil.”
Scott, 28, hasn’t seen much action during the Panthers’ 17-1 season. He appeared in 13 regular-season games, mostly as a blocker on extra points and field goals.
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But every player is fair game leading up to the Super Bowl, and Scott fielded questions about other former Tennessee players in the game, namely Denver punter Britton Colquitt and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
“I’m a lot younger than that guy,” Scott said of Manning. “But I definitely know who he is.”