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Jake Scott

Jake Scott
No. 13
Position:Safety, return specialist, wide receiver (CFL only)
Personal information
Born:(1945-07-20)July 20, 1945
Greenwood, South Carolina, U.S.
Died:November 19, 2020(2020-11-19) (aged 75)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Bullis School (Potomac, Maryland)
College:Georgia (1966–1968)
NFL draft:1970 / Round: 7 / Pick: 159
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:126
Games started:126
INT return yards:551
Return yards:1,474

Jacob E. Scott III (July 20, 1945 – November 19, 2020)[1] was an American professional football player who was a free safety and punt returner from 1970 to 1978 for the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Georgia, and was drafted in the 1970 NFL Draft in the 7th round, 159th overall pick, by the Miami Dolphins.

Scott went to the Pro Bowl five consecutive times between 1971 and 1975. He recorded 35 interceptions in his six seasons as a Dolphin, and another 14 in his three years with the Redskins. To this day, he remains the Miami Dolphins all-time leader in interceptions with 35. He was also a five-time first or second team All-Pro, and won back-to-back Super Bowl Championships in 1972 and 1973, including winning the MVP of Super Bowl VII.[2]

Scott wore number 13 throughout his career, which was later made famous in Miami by Dan Marino, and has since been retired in Marino's honor.[3]

College career

After growing up in Athens, Georgia, but playing high school football in Arlington, Virginia at Washington-Lee High School, and then eventually Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland for 2 years Scott played college football at the University of Georgia, where he led Georgia in interceptions in 1967 with six interceptions and 1968 with ten interceptions. In 1967, Scott was named first-team All-SEC defensive back by the Associated Press, and in 1968 again in both the AP and the UPI. The ten interceptions in a season is now second-most in Georgia history behind Terry Hoage’s 12 in 1982. Scott's 175 return yards on interceptions in 1968 is also second all-time for Georgia.

Scott's college career total of 315 interception return yards was the most in school history until 2017. He also holds the current Georgia record for career interceptions.[4]

Scott was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1986[5] and the Athens (GA) Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.[6]

It was announced on May 17, 2011, that Scott had been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.[7]

Scott left the University of Georgia after his Junior year to go to Canada and play professional football in the CFL. Based on his July 20 birth date, Scott's military draft lottery number of record was 187. The highest administrative draft number called for Scott's year group was 195, suggesting that Scott could have been, but was not, drafted for military service during the Vietnam War as he had previously served in the U.S. Marines.[8]

Professional career

Scott began his professional career in 1969 in the Canadian Football League as a flanker and kick returner with the BC Lions.[9] In his one season with the Lions he played in 11 games caught 35 passes for 596 yards and three touchdowns, all marks which were good for second best or tied for second best on the team. He also recorded 224 kickoff return yards, which led the team. The BC Lions finished with a record of 5-11.[10]

He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins during the seventh round, 159th overall, in the 1970 NFL Draft,[11] where in his rookie year, he recorded five interceptions and returned one punt return for touchdown. The following year, he recorded seven interceptions and 318 punt return yards, helping the team reach Super Bowl VI, which they lost 24-3 to the Dallas Cowboys. Scott recorded a 21-yard punt return in the game.

Scott was a key member of the 1972 Miami Dolphins undefeated season, and was named Super Bowl MVP of Super Bowl VII, recording two interceptions in the Dolphins' 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins including one in the fourth quarter.[1] He helped the Dolphins in their 24-7 Super Bowl VIII win, recording two fumble recoveries, 20 punt return yards, and 47 kickoff return yards in that game. He established two Super Bowl Records. Scott set a record by being the first player to recover 2 fumbles in one game. He also first established the record for most career fumble recoveries in Super Bowls at two, a record now shared by 12 others. Scott is still the only player to have recovered one of his own team's fumbles and one of his opponent's fumbles in a single Super Bowl game.[2]

Overall, Scott finished his nine seasons with 49 interceptions. He made 35 interceptions playing 6 seasons for Miami, making him the Dolphins' all-time leader in that category.[3] Scott had 13 fumble recoveries in his career. On special teams, he gained 1,357 yards and a touchdown returning punts, and 137 yards on six kickoff returns. Scott played for the Redskins the final 3 years of his career.[12]

While best known for his defensive play, Scott also returned punts. In week 10 of his rookie season against the Baltimore Colts, he returned a punt 77 yards for his first and only NFL touchdown.[13] He led the NFL in punt return yards in 1971 with 318 and finished top ten in punt returns yards a total of four times over his NFL career. He finished his NFL career with 1,357 punt return yards with a 10.4 yards per return average, and an additional 137 kick return yards.[14]

In the late 1980s, NFL Films named Scott as the Dolphins All-Time Neutralizer sponsored by Tums. He was inducted into the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame in 1998.[15] The Professional Football Researchers Association named Scott to the PFRA Hall of Very Good Class of 2007.[16]

Scott was one of only three living Super Bowl MVPs who did not attend Super Bowl XL, when all previous MVPs were honored prior to the game; the other no-shows were Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana.[17] Scott did attend Super Bowl 50 and was introduced during pre-game festivities.[18]

Scott was inducted with Bill Stanfill into the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll on November 18, 2010.[19]

Career statistics

Won the Super Bowl
Super Bowl MVP
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Interceptions Fum
GP GS Int Yards TD Lng Fmb FR Yards TD
1970 MIA 14 14 5 112 0 47 1 1 0 0
1971 MIA 14 14 7 34 0 21 3 2 0 0
1972 MIA 14 14 5 73 0 31 1 2 20 0
1973 MIA 14 14 4 71 0 29 1 0 0 0
1974 MIA 14 14 8 75 0 30 2 1 14 0
1975 MIA 14 14 6 60 0 38 0 1 0 0
1976 WAS 12 12 4 12 0 6 1 5 0 0
1977 WAS 14 14 3 42 0 25 0 1 1 0
1978 WAS 16 16 7 72 0 39 0 0 0 0
Career 126 126 49 551 0 47 9 13 35 0

Personal life and death

Scott was a lifelong bachelor,[20] who enjoyed fishing and traveling.[21] A private individual known for shunning the spotlight,[21] Scott had lived in the Colorado mountains and the Florida Keys, and spent his later years living in Hanalei, a small town on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.[20] During his retirement Scott was an investor in Hawaii.[4]

Scott had a falling out with at the time Miami Dolphins Head Coach Don Shula which eventually resulted in his trade to the Washington Redskins and lasted well into his retirement. As a result, he did not participate in Dolphins alumni events for several decades. Many years later, the two reconciled, and Scott later attended his Miami Dolphins Honor Roll enshrinement as well as Super Bowl 50.[22] Scott was quoted, “Coach Shula and I had our differences, but time heals all wounds,”[1]

Scott died at the age of 75 on November 19, 2020, after falling down a flight of steps while visiting friends in Atlanta, Georgia.[23] He is one of at least 345 NFL players to be diagnosed after death with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated hits to the head.[24][25]

Scott was cremated and his ashes were spread in the waters of Hanalei Bay.[26] Memorabilia from Scott's personal collection, including his Super Bowl rings, were sold at auction, as per his final wishes.[26]


  1. ^ a b Habib, Hal. "Jake Scott, Miami Dolphins legend and Super Bowl MVP, dies at 75". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  2. ^ "The Best Miami Dolphins Not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Defense)". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  3. ^ "The Dolphins and One-Day Contracts, Honor Roll and Retired Jerseys | Sports Illustrated Miami Dolphins News, Analysis and More". Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  4. ^ "UGA Football Interception Records". Retrieved February 7, 2023.
  5. ^ "CLASS OF 1986". GSHF. Retrieved February 7, 2023.
  6. ^ "2000 Inductees | Athens Hall of Fame". December 12, 2022. Retrieved February 7, 2023.
  7. ^ Weiszer, Marc. "Reclusive Jake Scott going into College Football Hall of Fame". GateHouse Media, LLC. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "Legendary Bulldog, Dolphin, Jake Scott dies at 75". November 20, 2020. Retrieved February 7, 2023.
  9. ^ "Jake Scott Stats". Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  10. ^ "1969 British Columbia Lions (CFL) - Pro Football Archives". Retrieved February 7, 2023.
  11. ^ "1970 NFL Draft". Football References. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  12. ^ "Jake Scott: Career Stats". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  13. ^ "Jake Scott Career Touchdown Log". Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  14. ^ "Jake Scott Stats, Height, Weight, Position, Draft, College". Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  15. ^ "Hall of Fame Past Inductees". Official City of Jacksonville and Duval County Government Website. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  16. ^ "Hall of Very Good Class of 2007". Archived from the original on July 7, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  17. ^ Miller, Ira (February 6, 2006). "SUPER BOWL XL NOTEBOOK / 3-time MVP Montana turns down star-studded get-together". Hearst. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  18. ^ Fennelly, John. "Giants well represented in Super Bowl 50 pregame ceremonies". Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  19. ^ Hoffman, Robert. "Who's Next? 11 Deserving Players To Consider for the Miami Dolphin Honor Roll". Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  20. ^ a b Kantowski, Ron (November 23, 2020). "Dolphin's Jake Scott, reluctant Super Bowl hero, remembered". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  21. ^ a b Belson, Ken (November 22, 2020). "Jake Scott, Super Bowl M.V.P. for the Dolphins, Dies at 75". The New York Times. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  22. ^ Belson, Ken (November 22, 2020). "Jake Scott, Super Bowl M.V.P. for the Dolphins, Dies at 75". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  23. ^ Habib, Hal (November 19, 2020). "Jake Scott, Miami Dolphins legend and Super Bowl MVP, dies at 75". Naples Daily News. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  24. ^ "The driving force behind Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)". Concussion Legacy Foundation. Archived from the original on July 2, 2023. Retrieved July 2, 2023.
  25. ^ Ken Belson and Benjamin Mueller (June 20, 2023). "Collective Force of Head Hits, Not Just the Number of Them, Increases Odds of C.T.E. The largest study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy to date found that the cumulative force of head hits absorbed by players in their careers is the best predictor of future brain disease". The New York Times. Retrieved July 2, 2023.
  26. ^ a b Towers, Chip (February 26, 2021). "UGA great Jake Scott's memorabilia bringing big money at auction". Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  1. ^ Super Bowl MVPs Retrieved February 29, 2012
  2. ^ Miami Dolphins player profile, Jake Scott Retrieved Feb 29, 2012
  3. ^ HYDE: Where's Jake Scott? We found him Retrieved December 19, 2006
  4. ^ Super Bowl Records Retrieved February 29, 2012
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