Draft Dog Beat Writer and NFL Team Columnist
Scot was born and raised on the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He grew up in the woods, hunting, fishing, and camping with his family, and learned many basic wilderness survival skills. He recalls watching the ’85 Bears winning the Super Bowl as the moment he got hooked on football.
At the age of 11, Scot moved to Florida with his family and made Tampa Bay his home for the next 16 years. He attended high school in Bradenton, FL and played linebacker for the Manatee Hurricanes under legendary Head Coach Joe Kinnan, winning a 5A State Championship in 1992. He was also a member of the wrestling team, placing second in the county and third at the district meet in the 171 lb weight class as a junior.
Since high school Scot has tried his hand at many things and lists hiking, biking, climbing, and skiing as his favorite outdoor pursuits. Some of the best times in his life include hitch-hiking around Alaska for a summer, skiing the Teton Mountain Range for two winters, and “wreaking havoc” at every Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s game for ten years with some of his closest friends.
Scot graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management. He has worked as a High Ropes Facilitator with at-risk youth as well as an Alpine Glacier Guide in Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Alaska. Currently, Scot works for the U.S. Forest Service in the Methow Valley Ranger District within the great state of Washington. He spends much of his free time writing, skiing, and watching football.