Throughout training camp, Patriots.com will take you in a personal tour of the 2004 rookie class so you can get to know them a bit better. We'll hold a Question & Answer session with each rookie about all things – not necessarily football. We caught up recently with safety Guss Scott, the Patriots third-round draft pick.
Patriots.com: Which players did you most idolize growing up?
Scott: I don't know. I didn't really have a role model. I'd probably say like Dick Butkus and Brian Dawkins, being he's from Jacksonville and he's someone who played the same position. So I kinda looked up to him. But mainly Butkus.
Patriots.com: What other NFL player – outside of the Patriots – would you most like to play with?
Scott: I really don't know. There are so many great players it's hard to say. I really like the guys I'm playing with now.
Patriots.com: Where did you get the name "Guss" from?
Scott: It's like old country, but it's the name I got. You know I've heard them all, like "get on the bus Guss" and everything. I got it from my dad.
Patriots.com: If you weren't playing football what would you be doing?
Scott: Coaching football. That's what I really want to do is coach high school football.
Patriots.com: If you couldn't play safety, what other position would you like to play?
Scott: Oh man. Probably quarterback or linebacker.
Patriots.com: What kind of sound does it make when you stick a receiver going across the middle?
Scott: Actually you really don't hear it. It happens so fast, and you're kind of zoned out so you really don't hear anything. You just see stars when you get up and get a little dizzy. You hope you can find your way back to the huddle.
Patriots.com: Which actor would play Guss Scott in a movie?
Scott: I would say Denzel Washington would play me.
Patriots.com: Which actress would be your co-star?
Scott: Halle Berry.
Patriots.com: You're from Jacksonville, Florida, and you played for the Gators. Are you prepared for the New England weather?
Scott: I really don't know. It never gets colder than 30 or 40 degrees down there. I don't think you can be ready for it, you just have to experience from what I hear from the other players. It's something you have to adjust to.
Patriots.com: What is the worst part about training camp?
Scott: Everything. Just the length of it because of the mental stress.