Scott's Wildcat Career Paves Way for Future | Part II

There were no cameras, no red carpets and no fancy dinners. There was no ESPN, no Twitter - there was nothing flashy about it.
"The top guys didn't go into New York and they didn't have a TV show about the guys waiting in those days. We didn't have that," explained Scott. "We stayed in our dormitories. All the teams had your number and information. You stayed in your dorm and they'd give you a call and let you know what team chose you."
In 1971, after helping lead the Wildcats to a 6-5 season in 1970 - their best record in 16 years - Scott was selected in the first round as the No. 14 overall pick to the Cleveland Browns. 
"So, I stayed in the athletic dorm and got a call from Art Modell, the former owner of the Cleveland Browns," added Scott. "I got a call saying I was Cleveland's No. 1 draft choice and that I was the first defensive back taken in the draft. So that was really good.
"And oh, let me give you this part: not only was I a No. 1 draft choice, but my favorite team growing up was always the Cleveland Browns because of Jim Brown," continued Scott. "He was my favorite player."
The road to the NFL Draft wasn't an easy one. It took Scott a lot of hard work, but it was all worth it in the end. 
In 1970, with the help of Scott, K-State led the Big 8 Conference in total defense, while the team earned the school's first win over a top-10 team as it defeated No. 8 Colorado, 21-20, on Oct. 3, 1970. K-State was ranked as high as No. 13 in the national polls and the 'Purple Pride' preached by head coach Vince Gibson was beginning to swell in the Little Apple. 
Scott was one of four team captains that season and became K-State's first All-American in 17 years. It was then, after his successful Wildcat career, that the game of football began taking him around the nation.
"I played in all the postseason All-Star Games - the Senior Bowl in Mobile, the East-West All-Star game in Miami. Then there was the College All-Star Game, the top college players would play the team that had won the NFL Championship. It was played the end of the summer before the pro teams would go to training camp to prepare for the season."
But it wasn't only the postseason games that Scott traveled for. No, he also took a trip to Hollywood, and that was really special.
"I appeared on the Bob Hope Show," said Scott with a smile. "He had a variety show that came on on Sunday nights, and he always had, even when I was in elementary school, the All-American team on his show. Being an All-American, I got to fly out to California and appear on the Bob Hope Show.
"It was exciting for my family back here in Atlanta and my friends back at my high school because they got to see me as an All-American on the Bob Hope Show," added Scott. "That was very exciting."
After his collegiate career, Scott spent 13 years playing in the NFL with the Browns, was a three-time All-Star and played in the 1973 Pro Bowl. In 1973 - one of Scott's most exciting seasons - he recorded five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. His 34 career interceptions are tied for 84th all-time in the NFL. 
He credits his success with not only the Browns, but also his life, to the lessons learned as a K-State Wildcat.
"K-State was a great opportunity for me to continue my education coming out of high school," said Scott. "It was a great opportunity for me to go on and earn a degree for myself, which I did in social science. Although it was a long ways away as well as a different environment than Atlanta, it was a good, clean, wholesome place to be for me out of high school with good people, good athletics, a good football program, and Coach Gipson was a good coach. 
"I was around some of the top coaches in the country and I learned from them. When it was time for me to move on to the next level, I think just the exposure and the contact that I had with great college coaches and the program that helped me. It helped my confidence. I was ready when the NFL called."
Scott currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and attends K-State football watch parties any opportunity he gets.
"It is wonderful, absolutely wonderful," he closed with a laugh when asked about spending time with fellow K-Staters at the watch parties. "It's the next best thing to being in Manhattan. The next best thing to being in Manhattan is walking in a restaurant or bar here in Atlanta and seeing the purple all over the place. Seeing the logos everywhere, its great, it's really, really great."

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