1975 Dallas Cowboys Player Rankings: #35 Herbert Scott
He hailed from a small Christian school in Richmond where students were taught the value of morals and turning the other cheek, but there was nothing miniscule or deferential about the punishment that Herbert Scott inflicted when he lowered his head on a football field. The 6-foot-2-inch, 250-pound guard from Virginia Union was a mean hitting machine between the lines, the hardest hitting rookie on a Dallas Cowboys squad filled with them.
No player kept Cowboys equipment manager Buck Buchanan busier repairing mangled helmets during training camp than did Scott, whose hard-nosed style on special teams was something of a phenomenon in Thousand Oaks during the summer of 1975. He bent facemasks, knocked decals off, and left many a teammate with a ringing headache as a result of a practice field collision.
By the end of preseason, Scott had won himself a roster spot as a backup guard to fellow rookie Burton Lawless. And when Lawless suffered a bruised thigh during a Week 4 victory over the New York Giants, Scott added to his reputation as special teams star by stepping into the starting lineup for the next few weeks.
“He has excellent potential,” said head coach Tom Landry after Scott’s first NFL start. “He’s a very inexperienced player. He hasn’t really played very much and hasn’t had the exposure that Burton Lawless has had, either in college or the pros. Therefore he’s going to learn rapidly as he plays. Right now, his inexperience is hurting him a great deal. But he’s a very strong pass protector, maybe even stronger than Lawless as far as overall strength in pass protection.”
Scott’s pass-blocking prowess was certainly put to the test the following week at Veterans Stadium when the Cowboys passed a franchise-high 49 times in a comeback victory over Philadelphia. In a high-stakes Week 7 showdown with the rival Redskins, Scott enjoyed his finest day as a rookie, earning praise from Landry for his work against Washington pest Diron Talbert.
“He did a fine job in a pressure situation,” said Landry of Scott. “He handled Talbert well on the run plays and on the pass plays.”