May 10, 2016
Bartholomew Edward "Bart" Scott was born in Detroit on August 18, 1980. Scott attended Southeastern High School where he played running back and linebacker on the football team. Scott received more than one hundred college recruiting letters. During his senior year, Scott recorded 76 tackles and led the team with 635 rushing yards.
Scott enjoys returning to Southeastern High School whenever possible to speak with students. Additionally, Scott paid for new uniforms and equipment in 2005 and provided money to upgrade the weight room in 2007. Scott also paid to have a new set of bleachers installed after vandals stole the school's former bleachers. In honor of Scott's accomplishments on and off the field, Southeastern retired his jersey in 2008.
Scott attended Southern Illinois University, where he played linebacker and safety. During his senior year, Scott led the team with 127 tackles and 5.5 sacks; earning first-team All-Gateway conference honors.
Scott's college coach, Jerry Kill, touted Scott's abilities to several NFL teams and as a result the Baltimore Ravens sent a scout to assess his talents. The scout was impressed by Scott and three days following the 2002 NFL Draft, after going undrafted, Scott signed a contract with the Ravens.
Scott later returned to Southern Illinois in 2005 to finish his academic studies, graduating with a degree in economics. Scott later became a first-ballot member of the Southern Illinois' Hall of Fame.
During Scott's first three years with Baltimore, he was a special teams standout. In his rookie season, he played in all 16 regular season games. Scott saw significant playing time during the 2005 season as Ray Lewis suffered a hamstring injury, playing in all 16 games and making 10 starts. Scott signed a three year, $13.5 million contract extension with the Ravens, turning down an offer from the Cleveland Browns. In 2006, he played in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii as an alternate after being elected to replace his teammate Ray Lewis. Scott was named to the Associated Press' second All-Pro Team.
In 2009, Scott became a free agent. He signed a six-year, $48 million contract with the New York Jets. This move would reunite him with head coach Rex Ryan, his former defensive coach in Baltimore. Scott would remain with the Jets until 2013 when he was released by the team.
Scott retired and was hired by CBS Sports as an analyst for CBS Sports Network's That Other Pregame Show. It was announced in February 2014 that Scott would join CBS' The NFL Today.
Scott is married to Darnesha Scott. They have two children, a son, Bartholomew, and a daughter, Gisele.