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Random Questions With Scott Wells


At 6-foot-2, Scott Wells is considered small amongst his peers at the center position.

But don't tell that to Wells, whom the Packers selected with the 50th pick of the seventh-round (251st overall) of the 2004 NFL draft.

A national champion wrestler in high school, Wells became a model of consistency at the University of Tennessee, moving into the starting lineup midway through the first game of his collegiate career.

The former Vols' captain owns the third longest streak for consecutive starts in college football history with 49.

Now, Wells finds himself with yet another challenge, or as he sees it, another chance to prove wrong all the people that say he is too small to play in the NFL. recently met up with Wells to see if he could tackle this and a few other issues in our latest round of Random Questions. Where are you from and what is the best thing about your hometown?

Wells: "I lived in Spring Hill, Tenn. for two years and I'd say the best thing about it was that it was a small town, very rural. There was a lot of open space, not a lot of congestion.

"But I normally tell people that I'm from Nashville -- which is close to Spring Hill -- because that's what most people have heard of and that's where I lived before I went to college. But I actually lived longer in Knoxville than I did in Nashville. I lived in Knoxville for five years and in Nashville for only two years.

"Before that I lived in Pennsylvania, Texas and Alabama. I've lived all over. My dad is a preacher and we would stay somewhere for about five years and then move on."

How are you adjusting to Green Bay?

"I really haven't had time to do much other than football. I drove around the other day to kind of get familiar with the lay of the land and I think I know pretty much where everything is now. So I think I'm adjusting well."

If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be?

"I'm a history major, so this may be difficult. There are too many good ones to choose from. Other than Jesus -- he would be the first person I would want to meet -- but other than that it would probably be Julius Caesar. I would like to see how it was to have an empire that powerful and to be able to control everything. But first I would like to meet Jesus. That's a pretty obvious answer."

Why did you choose history as your major?

"It's something that came pretty easy for me. It was interesting. I've always had a knack for history and I've always been able to sit through a lecture and remember what the teachers told us, so that made it pretty easy for me. I'm usually able to remember things the first time they're told to me, in that aspect anyway."

What do you think you want to do once your football career is over?

"I want to get into coaching or teaching. I've thought about taking a shot at law school. But really I'd hope to coach football or wrestling."

What is your strongest asset as a football player?

"I think it would be physical strength. I think my height is an asset too. A lot of people think that it's a disadvantage, but it helps me with leverage. It helps me get under guys."

What are your three favorite DVDs?

"Braveheart, Happy Gilmore and Gladiator.

What kind of advice would you give to kids hoping to play professional football?

"Keep trying. I was told my whole life that only two percent of football players make it to the NFL. I'm trying to break into it right now and I hope to be included in that two percent. I was always told to have another career planned because football was not going to work out. I was constantly hit with doubters and I ended up being a four-year starter at the University of Tennessee. So I would just tell them to stay the course and have faith in yourself."

Who has had the most influence in your life?

"My dad. My dad and then my wife."

What is your favorite video game?

"Tiger Woods Golf."

What is the worst job you ever had?

"Growing up, my dad always liked to have gardens and he always liked to develop relationships with local farmers. He would always volunteer us for work, so I'd say my worst job was bailing hay in the summertime. It was not fun. And I wasn't getting paid for it."

If you could play golf with any foursome, who would be the other three?

"Well, they would have to be some very patient people because I'm not very good. I'd like to play with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus."

Who is your favorite comedian?

"Chris Rock. He's ruthless. He'll attack anybody. I like to call him an equal opportunity hater. He'll rip on anybody, it doesn't matter who they are."

What is your best memory from college football?

"The entire weekend surrounding the Miami (vs. Tennessee) game last year. My son was born the day before the game. And then we went down there and snapped their home winning streak. It was just about as perfect a week as it could have been."

What is your favorite food


Do you have any phobias or fears?

"The ocean. I'm scared to death of the ocean. I almost drowned three times, once when I was younger and twice in high school. I tried to swim out to the sandbar and I barely made it back."

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

"Putting up a Christmas tree."

PB&J or grilled cheese?

"Grilled cheese, if I can have bacon on it."

What was your favorite sports team growing up?

"The Dallas Cowboys. I was born in Texas and lived in Fort Worth for 6 years, just at the time when I started knowing what football was."

Were there any players that you emulated growing up?

"Mark Stepnoski (Dallas). He and I are similar in size and he was able to overcome that to become one of the best ever at our position."

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