Scott had a remarkable football career. He received All America Awards and led the Bulldogs to an SEC championship in 1968. Scott’s legend grew up in the NFL, where he never intercepted fewer than three passes in any of his nine seasons. As the Miami Dolphin, he received MVP honors in Super Bowl VII and was almost as important to the team’s victory in Super Bowl VIII.
Out of the field, Scott was just as remarkable. He is at the center of one of the greatest UGA campus legends of all time, and the reclusive lifestyle of his last few years sparked humor when he finally entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Dawgs Daily remembers Jake Scott after he passed away at the age of 75 by telling the moments that defined « Joltin ‘ » Jake Scott.
To date, the validity of this story has not been confirmed, but no one contests it. The exterior of the Stegeman Coliseum is known for two interlocking arches that support the roof of the arena.
The Ascension of the Arches was a fraternal initiation in the 1960s. According to legend, Scott increased the number of brotherhoods by riding a motorcycle up one of the arches and onto the roof of the Colosseum.
Georgia’s offense was sluggish for almost three quarters. It took a penalty from Tennessee to get into the field early in the third quarter. The Bulldogs defense had a great game, however, trailing 7-3 at the end of the third quarter. The unit forced another blow, resulting in one of the greatest games in Georgian football history.
Scott caught the boat around the 10-yard line and was immediately surrounded by several orange shirts. He used a few quick cuts to his right to dodge the first two Tennessee players, broke an ankle-high tackle attempted by a third defender, found the sideline, and started for a 90-yard touchdown.
Scott’s fabled return put Georgia 10-7 ahead, but the Bulldogs couldn’t leave Knoxville with a win. The two teams opted for a 17-17 draw.
Scott’s most dominant performance as Georgia Bulldog came in 1968 when he met Kentucky. Late in a goalless first quarter, Scott intercepted a pass on the 33-yard line and snaked through the Wildcats offensive to get the result. Georgia led 21-0 at halftime.
Kentucky attempted a comeback in the second half, scoring a goal early in the third quarter to reduce the lead to 21-7. The Wildcats regained possession soon afterwards, but Scott wiped out any comeback plans with his second pick-six. Scott caught the pass on the Kentucky 35-yard line, turned away from a player, and ran into the end zone to score the score.
Georgia eventually won 35-14 and won the SEC championship three weeks later. After the double-pick-six performance, head coach Vince Dooley referred to Scott as an « All-American Choice » if there ever was one. «
Without Scott, the 1972 Miami Dolphins probably wouldn’t have ended the season on a perfect record. The Dolphins defeated Washington 14-7 and needed two interceptions from Scott to end the crime in Washington.
Scott’s first interception was spectacular. Washington quarterback Billy Kilmer threw an inaccurate pass over his intended target and three Dolphins defenders. Scott jumped in the air to tip the ball and managed to catch it when it landed on his back. Scott quickly jumped to his feet and took it back to the 47-yard line from Washington.
Miami were leading 14-0 in the third quarter when the disaster struck. Quarterback Bob Griese had an interception in the end zone. The piece gave Washington some momentum and the Redskins marched 79 yards to the Dolphins’ 10-yard line.
Scott killed Washington’s drive with his second interception of the day. Kilmer threw another dry pass towards Scott. This catch was a lot easier for Scott and it hit him right in the chest. « Joltin ‘ » Jake let the ball run out of the end zone and was eventually attacked around the 48-yard line from Washington.
Miami failed on goal and « Garo’s Gaffe » finally allowed Washington to shorten the lead to 14-7. Thanks to Scott and the no-name defense, Washington’s offensive couldn’t move the ball on its final drive and never had a chance to tie the game.
After Scott retired from the NFL in 1978, he lived a somewhat secluded life in Hawaii and enjoyed his retirement in paradise. This lifestyle kept Scott from learning about his college Football Hall of Fame selection until days later he was back on cellular service.
« I was fishing and about three days later I came back to where the cell phone works – I was way past where the cell phone works – there were about 15 messages, » Scott said. “I usually have about two messages. I said, « Oh damn, someone died. ‘
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