Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Georgia's Scott selected to Hall of Fame
By Chris Low
Former Georgia coach Vince Dooley once said that Jake Scott was as complete an athlete as he ever saw on the football field.
For that matter, Dooley said he couldn’t remember any player doing as many things well as Scott could while playing for the Bulldogs in 1967 and 1968.
Scott, who later went on to fame with the Miami Dolphins as the MVP of Super Bowl VII, was selected Tuesday into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Jake Scott led the SEC in interceptions, punt returns and punt return yardage in 1968.
A consensus All-American in 1968, Scott was also named that season as the SEC’s Most Valuable Player as selected by The Nashville Banner.
A two-time All-SEC selection, Scott led the SEC in interceptions (10) for a second straight season in 1968. He also led the league in punt returns and punt return yardage, leading the Bulldogs to an SEC championship. They lost in the Sugar Bowl that year to Arkansas.
Former SMU coach Mike Cavan, who played with Scott at Georgia, says Scott is still the best safety that Cavan has ever seen play. Scott remains the career record-holder at Georgia with 16 interceptions and 315 return yards.
Scott had a falling out with Dooley toward the end of his college career, which centered around Dooley’s decision to play in the Sugar Bowl following the 1968 season instead of the Orange Bowl, where the Bulldogs would have had an outside shot at the national championship.
At the time, college juniors weren’t allowed to declare early for the NFL draft, but Scott left early anyway -- signing a deal with the CFL’s British Columbia Lions. Scott returned to Georgia in 2006 as honorary captain for the Georgia Tech game. That was his first association with his alma mater in nearly 40 years and came after Dooley had retired as athletic director.
Scott was named to the Quarter Century All-SEC Team (1950-74). He had a brilliant NFL career, making five Pro Bowl appearances with the Dolphins.