This morning, we are going to take another look back with our “Where are they now?” series. We look back at a memorable player from the past, relive a bit of their accomplishments with the team, and then go and see what they are doing these days.
In case you missed it, we took a look at running back Johnny Hector. This morning, we are taking a look at a guy on the defensive side of the football, who was a talented football player. Unfortunately, he became memorable for an unfortunate incident that took place late in his career, but he was a good player in his time in New York.
The spotlight is on DT Scott Mersereau.
THEN: How much do you guys remember about Scott Mersereau? He was drafted in the 5th round of the 1987 draft, by the Los Angeles Rams. He landed with the Jets in 1987 and ending up playing with the team through 1993. Here are his career stats:
Scott had quite the influence on the interior of the Jets’ defensive line for some very bad teams over the years. Unfortunately, he became well-known in 1992 for an accident. In a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, he and Dennis Byrd were rushing Chiefs’ QB Dave Krieg. Krieg stepped up in the pocket, causing Mersereau and Byrd to collide, and we all know what happened to Dennis Byrd.
What happened to Scott in the collision? Well, he thought that he had a sprained ankle, so he played the rest of the 1992 season and all of the 1993 season. He required significant amounts of painkiller injections in 1993 due to back pain, and was released after the ’93 season. He tried to catch on with the Packers in 1994, but failed the team physical and that was it for Scott Mersereau’s NFL career.
NOW: After retirement, the back pain continued for Scott Mersereau. So much so, that he had 2 unsuccessful attempts at back surgery before a 1996 spinal fusion was a success. However, that recovery left him bed-ridden for 6 months.
He is married with 4 children, living in Florida as a financial advisor. In his spare time, he coaches football at Boca Raton Community High School.
#94, Scott Mersereau.