After growing up in Virginia Beach, Herb Scott chose to attend Virginia Union, a small historically black university in Richmond. There, Scott was a four-year starter, 1971-75, and was twice named All-CIAA and to the Division II All-American team.
In 1975, Scott was drafted in the 13th round by the Dallas Cowboys and became part of what was referred to as the “Dirty Dozen.” The group of 12 rookies, including names like Randy White and Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, is credited with sparking the Dallas Cowboys to an improbable march to the Super Bowl. Scott went on to become one of the greatest offensive linemen ever to play for the Cowboys and his name is often mentioned by experts and fan groups alike among the greatest to wear the Cowboys uniform.
In Dallas, Scott had three consecutive Pro-Bowl appearances during his ten-year professional career, and was twice named All-Pro.
One of his most memorable moments came in 1983 when he and teammate Tom Rafferty combined on the block famous with Cowboys fans that cleared the way for Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard scamper against the Vikings on Monday Night Football.