Bernard Scott, the first Bengals rookie running back to have a 100-yard game since Corey Dillon, idolized another great back closer to home in Vernon, Texas. And he hopes when the Bengals open their season in 18 days in the Hall of Fame Game against Emmitt Smith’s Cowboys that he’ll finally be able to meet the game’s all-time leading rusher the day after his enshrinement in Canton.
“He wasn’t that big and he wasn’t that fast, but he ran with a lot of heart,” Scott says. “Plus, the Cowboys were my team. I still follow them.”
Scott, of course, backs up another Texas guy in Cedric Benson heading into his second season and depending how Benson’s meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell goes Thursday, Scott could get a shot at another 100-yard game. ProFootballTalk.com has reported the two will meet to discuss Benson’s May assault charge stemming from an incident in a Texas bar and while Goodell has suspended players before their cases get heard in court, the Bengals sound optimistic that Benson won’t get docked games because he ended up defending himself.