Chad Scott was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 24th pick in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He had 21 interceptions, with four of them returned for touchdowns during his career. He was released by the Steelers on February 25, 2005. He was signed by the New England Patriots as a free agent on April 26, 2005. Scott suffered a knee injury during the first week of 2007 training camp and was placed on Injured Reserve by the Patriots. He did not play in the 1998 or 2007 seasons due to injury. He played in 108 games over nine seasons in the National Football League.