(CBS) — One Northwestern Wildcat reserve pulled double duty this summer. CBS 2’s Megan Mawicke has more on his special mission.
Mark Szott’s job on the field: superback and special teams. But what he hopes to be doing after his football career is over may be a secret — as in the United States Secret Service.
“I would love to go stand behind the president and make sure he gets around and is safe,” Szott said.
The Naperville native scored an internship with the Secret Service this summer after an extensive application process, including a lengthy background check, interviews and hours of filling out paperwork.
He’s tight lipped about most things he worked on but did say the highlight was when he “was on a Hillary Clinton visit and when Mrs. Obama and her two daughters Sahsa and Malia came into town able to tag along on some of that stuff too.”
After his internship, Szott realized the same qualities that made him a Division-I football player at Northwestern are similar to what is required to have a career in the Secret Service.
“When president or anybody comes to town, there’s so much planning that goes into it,” Szott said. “Making the motorcade route, planning the security measures at the hotel, podium, wherever they are speaking and we spend a whole week just for three to four hours for a Saturday afternoon preparing for a team, that is where it stood out for me.”
“I really felt strongly Mark would be a great fit for it, and his passion for it, he really had to seek out,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “It wasn’t like, ‘Here Mark, this is handed to you.’ He had to do a lot of background wise and prep for it.”
It’s also no secret that Szott isn’t ready to turn in his No. 85 to be a 00 agent just yet
“I want the team to win, back to bowl game this year, I think we are focused, we have one common goal,” Szott said.