Detroit Lions: 15 greatest wide receivers in franchise history
By Randy Gurzi
There were two Freddie Scott‘s who played in the NFL, one of which carved out a nice career with the Lions. That would be Freddie Scott, Sr. who went from being a seventh-round pick struggling to catch on with the Baltimore Colts to a wideout who sits 17th all-time in Detroit history with 223 receptions, 11th with 3,651 yards, and 22nd with 18 touchdowns.
Scott spent four seasons with the Colts, catching only 39 passes for 619 yards and two touchdowns. He had a tough time finding consistency there, gaining 317 yards as a rookie before recording no stats in year two and catching only three passes in his third campaign.
Once he landed in Detroit, things improved right away. By his third season there, he had 929 yards and five touchdowns with 62 total receptions. In 1981, he had 1,022 yards with another five touchdowns while averaging 19.3 yards per grab.
The Lions also used Scott in the run game during his tenure with the club. It was never a staple of the offense, but he dud had 23 career rushes for them for 179 yards — including a career-long 48-yarder in 1980.
Hos son Freddie Scott, Jr. tried to follow in his father’s footsteps and was a star receiver at Penn State. He tried to catch on with the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts but finished with only seven career receptions.