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Bernard Scott (born February 10, 1984) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Abilene Christian. His brother Daryl Richardson is currently a free agent.

Bernard Scott
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Bernard Scott in the 2011 NFL Season.
No. 28, 34
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1984-02-10) February 10, 1984 (age 35)
Vernon, Texas
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Wichita Falls (TX)
College:Abilene Christian
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 209
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:259
Rushing yards:1,049
Receiving yards:175
Total return yards:1,787
Total touchdowns:5
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

A native of Vernon, Texas, Scott had a troubled past.[1] A Class 3A first-team all-state selection as a high school junior in 2001, Scott was kicked off his high school team at Vernon High School because of an off-campus fight after the season.[1] He was not eligible for his senior year, and finally graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 2003.

College careerEdit

He went on to attend Central Arkansas University, where he earned Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2004, but was eventually dismissed from the football team for hitting a coach, along with a few other issues.[1] Scott transferred to Blinn College, where he was a first team NJCAA All-America after leading the Buccaneers to a 12-0 season and the NJCAA national championship. Scott averaged 154.4 rushing yards per game, and he finished his only junior college season with a junior college-best 1,892 yards and 27 touchdowns. He was also first team all Southwestern Junior College Football Conference.

Rated a three-star recruit by, Scott drew some interest by Arkansas and Fresno State,[2] but eventually enrolled at Abilene Christian University in 2007. He had finished runner-up in the voting for the 2007 Harlon Hill Trophy to Danny Woodhead. In that year, Scott broke the league's single-season rushing record with 2,165 yards and set a pair of NCAA Division II single-season records with 39 total touchdowns and 234 points scored.[3] In 2008, Scott won the Harlon Hill Trophy in a landslide, getting the third-highest vote total in the 23-year history of the trophy.

Professional careerEdit

2009 NFL DraftEdit

Scott's NFL prospects were tarnished by his off-the-field issues. Besides his aforementioned trouble in high school and junior college, he has also been arrested for some traffic-related misdemeanors, and was put on an 18-month probation for failing to identify himself during a traffic stop in Abilene in the spring of 2007.[3] However, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 10 14 in
(1.78 m)
200 lb
(91 kg)
4.44 s 1.50 s 2.52 s 4.08 s 6.82 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
21 reps 11
All values from NFL Combine[4]

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Following training camp, Scott made the active roster as a kick returner and as a backup to running back Cedric Benson. On November 15, 2009, Scott returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.[5]

In his first career start, in week 11 against the Oakland Raiders, Scott rushed for 119 yards, including a 61-yard run that was the longest by a Bengal since Corey Dillon's 67-yard rush at Cleveland on September 15, 2002.[6] He also became the first Bengals rookie to rush for 100 yards in a game since Dillon in 1997.

Baltimore RavensEdit

Scott signed with the Baltimore Ravens on October 28, 2013. On December 7, 2013, the Ravens released Scott.[7] On December 10, after a season-ending injury to Brandon Stokley, Scott re-signed with the Ravens.[8]

Toronto ArgonautsEdit

On March 3, 2015, Scott signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He retired in May 2015.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Bengals take a chance on troubled RB Scott". Wilmington News Journal. April 27, 2009. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Bernard Scott Recruiting Profile",
  3. ^ a b Richards, Joey (December 19, 2008). "ACU coach staying; star back signs with agent". Abilene Reporter-News. Archived from the original on April 18, 2009.
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  5. ^ Reedy, Joe; Erardi, John (November 18, 2009), "Rookie Bernard Scott honored by AFC", Cincinnati Enquirer
  6. ^ Hobson, Geoff (November 23, 2009), "Bengals Raided in clutch",, archived from the original on November 25, 2009, retrieved November 23, 2009
  7. ^ Twitter / Ravens: #Ravens waived RB Bernard Scott to make room for TE Dennis Pitta on the roster.
  8. ^ "Brandon Stokley Placed On Injured Reserve". Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  9. ^ "Argos RBs Slaton, Scott announce retirement". May 21, 2015. Archived from the original on May 22, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2015.

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