Darnay Scott (born July 7, 1972) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at San Diego State University.

Darnay Scott
No. 86, 85
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1972-07-07) July 7, 1972 (age 47)
St. Louis, Missouri
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:San Diego (CA) Kearny
College:San Diego State
NFL Draft:1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played:124
Receiving yards:6,193
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Scott attended Sumner High School, where he suffered from academic problems, got thrown off the junior varsity football team after a fight and was arrested, spending a week in a juvenile detention home. He transferred to Kearny High School after his sophomore season, becoming a two-way player as a wide receiver and defensive back.

As a senior, he registered 38 receptions for 790 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.[1] Against Serra High School, he tallied 4 receptions for 141 yards, 3 touchdowns and returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown.[2] Against Ramona High School, he had 4 receptions for 144 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown.[3]

He won the 100 metres (10.59 seconds) and 200 metres (21.27 seconds) during the CIF San Diego Section track and field championships.[4] He also practiced basketball.[5]

College careerEdit

Scott accepted a football scholarship from San Diego State University, coming in the same recruiting class as future College Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk. As a true freshman in 1991, in his first college play and college game against Cal State Long Beach, he had a 19-yard touchdown reception, finishing with a team-high 88 receiving yards on 4 catches and 56 yards on two kickoff returns.[6] He broke the NCAA single-game freshman receiving yardage record with 243 yards against Brigham Young University (11/16/91), including touchdown passes of 79 and 75 yards.[7] He had one of the best freshman seasons in Aztecs history, even though he was a backup behind Patrick Rowe,[8] posting 35 catches for 727 yards and 6 touchdowns.[9]

As a sophomore in 1992, he became a starter after Rowe suffered a season knee injury during an exhibition game. He had the school fifth all-time best receiving performance against UTEP with 12 receptions for 274 yards (10/17/92) and also scored 3 touchdowns.[10] He added another spectacular performance against Fresno State University with 217 yards (11/21/92). Other notable performances included 100 yard games against: New Mexico (100 yards - 10/3/92), BYU (105 - 9/10/92), and Hawaii (132 - 11/14/92). For the season Scott recorded 68 catches for 1,150 yards and 9 touchdowns, leading all SDSU WRs.

His success continued in 1993 as a junior, with performances of 139 (Minnesota - 9/25/93), 122 (New Mexico - 10/23/93), 148 (UCLA - 9/30/93) and 160 (Cal - 9/11/93) yards. Against Air Force he had his fourth career 200 yard game finishing with 11 catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Once again he led SDSU in receiving as he finished the season with 75 catches 1,262 yards and 10 touchdowns while recording six games of 100 or more yards receiving. In his stellar three-year career he caught 178 passes for 3,139 yards and 25 touchdowns. His twelve 100 yard and four 200 yard performances place him second in school history. At the ime, he was one of only two Aztec wide receivers to record multiple 1,000 yard receiving seasons.

Professional careerEdit

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Scott was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round (30th pick overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he made an immediate impact teaming with Carl Pickens to form one of the NFL's most potent wide receiver tandems. He caught touchdown passes of 55 and 67 yards against the two-time defending Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys, finishing the contest with 4 receptions for 155 yards. The following week against the Seattle Seahawks he turned in yet another spectacular effort with 7 catches for 157 yards (including a 76-yard catch). He finished the season with 46 catches for 866 yards and 5 touchdowns while rushing for 106 yards in 10 attempts. He led all rookies with 866 receiving yards and the AFC in Yards Per Reception with 18.8.

His success continued in 1995 as he caught a career long 88-yard touchdown pass against Seattle Seahawks and the following week caught a 56-yard touchdown finishing the game with 4 catches for 125 yards in a win against the Houston Oilers. In 1997 he caught the final pass thrown by Bengals QB Boomer Esiason: a 77-yard touchdown reception.

His best season as a professional came in 1999 season when he finished the season with 68 receptions for 1,022 yards and seven touchdowns.

In 2000, Pickens was released before the start of training camp and Scott was expected to start opposite rookie Peter Warrick, but suffered a fractured left tibia and fibula during a morning practice on August 1.[11] It was considered a career-threatening injury and he was placed on the injured reserve list on August 2.[12]

In 2001, he regained his starting position opposite Warrick, leading the team with 819 yards on 57 receptions and 2 touchdowns. In 2002, with the signing of free agent Michael Westbrook, he was released in a salary cap move on July 9.[13] The additional cap space was expected to also help in the signing of linebackers Takeo Spikes and Brian Simmons to contract extensions.[14]

Although he only had one 1,000 yard season in his career, Scott is considered one of the best wide receivers in Bengals history. He left as the fourth all-time leading receiver, recording 386 receptions for 5,975 yards, a 15.5-yard average and 35 touchdowns.[15]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On July 22, 2002, he was signed as a free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars, with the expectation of being Jimmy Smith backup. He was limited with a chronic shoulder injury during preseason and was released on September 1.[16]

Dallas CowboysEdit

On September 9, 2002, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys, reuniting with offensive coordinator Bruce Coslet, who had also served that function previously with the Bengals. Scott split snaps with rookie Antonio Bryant, appearing in 15 games (one start), with 22 receptions for 218 yards and one touchdown. He wasn't re-signed after the season.

In nine years, he caught 408 passes for 6,193 yards and 37 touchdowns. He holds the NFL record for most career touches without a fumble (445).

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1994 CIN 16 46 866 18.8 76 5 31 0 0
1995 CIN 16 52 821 15.8 88 5 33 0 0
1996 CIN 16 58 833 14.4 50 5 40 0 0
1997 CIN 16 54 797 14.8 77 5 41 0 0
1998 CIN 13 51 817 16.0 70 7 34 0 0
1999 CIN 16 68 1,022 15.0 76 7 46 0 0
2001 CIN 16 57 819 14.4 49 2 40 0 0
2002 DAL 15 22 218 9.9 17 1 12 0 0
Career 124 408 6,193 15.2 88 37 277 0 0


Personal lifeEdit

Scott lives in San Diego. He is active in the community, coaching at Mesa College and mentoring students at Lincoln High School. He is the uncle of former NFL wide receiver Will Franklin.


  1. ^ "Kearny's Scott, Allan Plan to Play at SDSU". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Game Could Seal Fate of Kearny and La Jolla". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "2-A Championship/ Kearney-El Camino: Scott Finds El Camino's Coverage Talk Offensive". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Boys' Track: Williams, Scott Dash to Double Victories". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Third Quarter Propels Pomona Past Kearny". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Two Freshmen Get Head Start for the Aztecs: College football: Scott, Faulk contribute in first game for SDSU". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Aztec Notebook / Sctt Miller: Scott Back in Stride as the Season Opener Nears". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "As a Pass-Catcher, Darnay Scott Is a Handful". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Tough Catches, a Tougher Life: Scott Leaves Troubles in St. Louis for an Opportunity in San Diego". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Faulk Watch Allows Scott to Run". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Trainer: Could be tough for Scott to recover". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "Darnay Scott placed on IR". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Bengals dump WR Darnay Scott". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Bengals save cap money by releasing Scott". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals: Top 10 Wide Receivers In Franchise History". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  16. ^ "With Smith back, Jaguars able to dump Scott". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Darnay Scott Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 14 May 2018.