Field Scovell's career in sports began as a player in high school and college before he became a prominent figure in football administration. At North Dallas High School, he earned four letters each in football, basketball, and baseball. He was an all-city and all-state end in football, and at Texas A&M he lettered in football. He later became a member of Texas Tech's Board of Regents, served as a Director of the Dallas Cowboys, and was a member of Texas A&M Letterman's Association. He served as Chairman of the Cotton Bowl team selection committee for almost 30 years and then was on the executive committee of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. The Field Scovell Award, which was named in his honor, has been given annually to the nations outstanding sports figure since 1965 by Dallas All-Sports Association of which he was the director. Scovell was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.