Scott Price '74 enters the Baylor Sports Hall of Fame as one of a vanishing breed – the multi-sport athlete – and is quickly remembered by his peers as perhaps the best athlete in each sport he played.
Price was not only a member, but an important contributor to the success of the varsity football, baseball, and basketball teams during his years at Baylor. He was a four-year starter on Hall of Fame coach David Longley’s baseball teams and was named All-City his junior and senior years, and was twice named captain of Hall-of-Famer Jimmy Duke’s Baylor basketball teams, making the All-District Tournament team in 1974.
It is accurate to say, however, that Price’s greatest impact was made on the football field during what is perhaps Baylor’s most storied era on the gridiron. In the three seasons that Price played varsity football at Baylor, the Raiders were a combined 33-3. The 1972 team (Price’s junior year) was 11-2 and suffered the heartbreak of a 39-6 loss to Tennessee High in the state championship game, the point all accounts describe as the beginning of the magical 1973 state and national championship season.
The determined 1973 Red Raiders ran the table for a 10-0 regular season and then defeated Warren County and Oak Ridge in playoff games. An injury to Hall-of-Famer Andy Rutledge ‘74 forced Price to play running back as well as his usual defensive back position in the semifinal game against Oak Ridge. Price rushed for a Raider touchdown and intercepted two Oak Ridge passes, returning one 42 yards for another TD, in a 28-14 win. Baylor went on to defeat Hillcrest 6-0 for the state title and, later that year, was chosen by The New York Times as mythical national champions.
At Baylor, Price was twice named to All-City football teams and was an All-State pick his senior year. Also his senior year, he was named, along with Rutledge, a co-winner of Baylor’s Ted Nelson Best Athlete Award.
Price went on to play at the University of Alabama for the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1974-1977, helping the Crimson Tide to a 42-6 record and three Southeastern Conference titles.
A resident of Indian Land, South Carolina, Price is married to Mary Dorn Price and has two daughters, Liza and Emma Houston Price.