Former Penn State CB Bryan Scott thriving, David Goodwin among hockey players to be honored and more

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Scott’s a success, despite scare

Former Penn State cornerback Bryan Scott turns 36 next month. He was told by doctors last year that he has the brain of a 65-year-old.

That’s the toll of the 10 NFL seasons – three with Atlanta, one with New Orleans and six with Buffalo — he spent at outside linebacker. That’s the result of frequent, violent collisions.

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski profiled Scott last August, and Anthony Sambrotto of picked up the thread Thursday, noting that Scott is co-owner of NOENE, a company that manufactures high-tech insoles. He also tries to take care of himself — tries to stall the clock, if not turn it back.

He takes anti-aging medication. He works out. He eats healthy. He engages his mind.

And, Scott told the website:

“I feel really good. I do all of the little things that I need to do to try and stay sharp. You don’t want to venture too far off that path. Unfortunately, a lot of guys do it, but I think the key is to stay active and keep the mind sharp.”

He was diagnosed with just two concussions during his playing days, according to the Inquirer piece. But the second, during a 2009 game against the Patriots, left him unable to recall the Bills’ opponent, unable to name family members, unable to identify teammates.

He didn’t play the final two games of that season, and during the rest of his career his body would at times go limp when he made a hit. Or he would see stars. As he told Sielski:

“There were times after a big hit, I wondered, ‘Man, what am I doing to the brain?’ They say once you’ve had a couple of concussions, they come a little easier. And that stuff did run through my mind while I was playing: What are the long-term effects of this?”

He was cut by the Bills before the 2013 season. Early last year he underwent a three-dimensional examination of his brain called a SPECT scan. Sielski writes that it showed damage to the frontal lobe – that because of head trauma the upper half of Scott’s brain was covered with lumps, as would the brain of someone 30 years older.

So he takes the proper preventative measures. He lives life; he and his wife, Maisha, who live outside Atlanta, have four daughters. He sings and plays three instruments. And his business has done well. In 2015 he appeared on Shark Tank and earned two offers from the panel.

But he told Sielski that the cost of swimming with another type of shark is considerable:

“People always ask me this: If I had a son, would I let him play? And I wouldn’t. I really don’t think I would. As everyone becomes more educated as to what goes on and the consequences of playing the game, as a parent, why would you want your child to do that? That’s what I’m putting them through, and at a young age? No.”

Goodwin heads senior class

PSU captain David Goodwin will be one of five senior hockey players honored before the No. 11 Lions (20-8-1) close out their two-game series against No. 16 Wisconsin (18-11-1) at Pegula Ice Arena on Saturday. As the Centre Daily Times’ Gordon Brunskill writes, Goodwin has been as good off the ice as on it during his career.

He has worked with special-needs kids and the mentally challenged, and has traveled to such far-flung places as Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Cuba to help those in need.

As he told Brunskill:

“I feel I have great opportunities to give back. In a way I feel like I’ve been given a lot in my life, and I feel it’s somewhat of a responsibility to give back to the people I have the opportunity to serve.”

Goodwin holds the school record with 121 career points – 41 goals and 80 assists. He has eight goals and 23 assists this season and is riding a 10-game points streak, equaling another PSU mark established earlier this season by Denis Smirnov.

Dylan Richard, Zach Saar, Ricky DeRosa and David Thompson are the Lions’ other seniors.

Gesicki rises to the occasion

Besides playing dodgeball against the coaches Thursday, Penn State’s football players engaged in a dunk contest. Tight end Mike Gesicki, who was a highly decorated basketball player growing up in New Jersey, showed he still has some game.

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