11/20/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2020 12:35
Jake Scott was a two-year letterman playing safety for the Georgia Bulldogs. He led the team in interceptions in '67 with six and in '68 with 10 being named an All-SEC acknowledgment for both years, Academic All-SEC in '67, and an All-American in '68. His 10 interceptions in a season are ranked second in Georgia's history and his 315 interception yards are the most. He left UGA his sophomore year to pursue a professional career and landed in Canada playing for the BC Lions of the CFL.
After a brief stint in The Great White North, Scott was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the seventh round of the 1970 NFL Draft. He was a key member of the 1972 Miami Dolphins undefeated season and was named MVP of Super Bowl VII. He recorded two interceptions during the game with one coming in the fourth quarter. Scott would help the Dolphins to another Super Bowl the following year where he became the only player in NFL history to recover one of his own team's fumbles and one of his opponent's fumbles in a single Super Bowl game. He'd leave Miami for Washington where he played the final three years of his career. His total stats throughout his nine seasons were 49 interceptions, 551 interception return yards, and 1,474 return yards.
Jake Scott was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. He joined fellow Georgian and Dolphin Bill Stanfill into the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll in 2010. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011. He passed away on November 19, 2020, at the age of 75.