Don't be surprised Sunday night if one of the people with the widest eyes at Fawcett Stadium when this year's NFL Hall of Fame inductees are introduced to the crowd is Cincinnati running back Bernard Scott.
And it won't be because former Bengals' head coach Dick LeBeau is joining the Hall in Canton, Ohio. No, it will be because Scott's boyhood football hero, Emmitt Smith, will be in the house as an inductee into the Hall of Fame. The NFL's all-time leading rusher will be inducted this weekend, along with former greats Jerry Rice, Floyd Little, Russ Grimm, former Texas A&I great John Randle, Rickey Jackson and LeBeau.
When Scott was in Fort Worth in June for the ACU Golf Classic he mentioned how much he was looking forward to playing in Sunday night's NFL exhibition season-opener against the Cowboys, not only because it afforded him the chance to play against his favorite team, but also because he might have a chance to meet Smith.
Geoff Hobson detailed Scott's desire to meet Smith and the Bengals' pleasure with the second-year running back from ACU in a fine article on the Bengals' Web site. ACU fans will have to excuse the mention of "tiny Abilene Christian" in the article. That's not as bad, though, as his line about Scott's virtuoso performance in the 2008 playoffs when he scored seven times against "some place called West Texas." That's gotta sting, Buff fans. Not as much as giving up 93 points that day, but still ...