American Football Database
Darnay Scott
No. 85, 86     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-07-07) July 7, 1972 (age 50)
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Career information
College: San Diego State
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30
Debuted in 1994 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 2002 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
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Receptions     408
Receiving yards     6,193
Touchdowns     37
Stats at

Darnay Scott (born July 7, 1972) is a former professional American football player who was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft. Scott has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Dallas Cowboys.

High school career

Scott prepped at Kearny High School in San Diego.

College career

Scott played college football at San Diego State University. As a freshman at SDSU in 1991 he broke the single game Freshman receiving yardage record with 243 yards receiving against BYU (11/16/91). He would end up having one of the best Freshman seasons in SDSU history as he finished with 35 catches for 727 yards and 6 TD's.

In 1992 he would set the Sophomore receiving record against UTEP with 274 yards (10/17/92) and would add another spectacular performance against Fresno St 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 would record 68 catches for 1,150 yards and 9 TD's, leading all SDSU WR's.

His success would continue 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 would have his fourth career 200 yard game finishing with 11 catches for 217 yards and 2 TD's. Once again he would lead SDSU in receiving as he finished the season with 75 catches 1,262 yards 10 TD's while recording six games of 100 or more yards receiving. In his stellar 3 year career he would catch 178 passes for 3,139 yards and 25 TD's. His twelve 100 yard and four 200 yard performances place him 2nd in SDSU history. He is only one of two SDSU WR's to record multiple 1,000 yard receiving seasons.[1]

NFL career

Scott played in eight NFL seasons from 1994 to 1999 and 2001 to 2002. In 1994 he was drafted in the second round (30th pick overall) of the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. As a rookie he made an immediate impact teaming with Carl Pickens to form one of the NFL's most potent WR tandems. As a rookie he caught TD 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 1994 season with 46 catches for 866 yards and 5 TD's while rushing for 106 yards in 10 attempts. As a rookie he led the NFL in Yards Per Reception with 18.8 YPR.[2]

His success continued in 1995 as he caught a career long 88 TD 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 TD reception. His best season as a Professional came in 1999 season when he finished the season with 68 receptions for 1022 yards and 7 touchdowns. Scott played his final season with the Bengals in 2001 and finished his 9 year NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys in 2002. In 9 seasons he caught 408 passes for 6,193 yards and 37 touchdowns.[3]

He is the uncle of former Missouri and current Winnipeg Blue Bombers wide receiver Will Franklin.

Post NFL career

Darnay has been living in San Diego and coaching at Mesa College--also mentoring students at Lincoln High School. Well loved in the community.


  1. "Rushing". San Diego State University. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  2. "Darnay Scott". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  3. "Darnay Scott". Dallas Cowboys. Retrieved 1 October 2010.