Jake Scott, who was the Super Bowl VII MVP for the Miami Dolphins, died Thursday. He was 75 years old.
Scott’s former teammate Dick Anderson told the Miami Herald that Scott had fallen and injured his head, leading to his hospitalization in Atlanta and ultimately his death. the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the University of Georgia, where Scott played college football, also confirmed the death.
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The Dolphins then released a statement on Scott’s passing.
Scott was a defensive back and joined the Dolphins in 1970 when the team selected him in the seventh round of the draft. He then played for Miami for six seasons before joining the Washington Redskins for the final three seasons of his career.
With the Dolphins, he has been named five times to the Pro Bowl and two times All-Pro. He has recorded 49 interceptions in 126 career games between the Dolphins and the Redskins. He was part of the undefeated 1972 Dolphins team and the 1973 team. Both teams won the Super Bowl.
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Scott was a Super Bowl MVP when the Dolphins went undefeated in the 1972 season and beat Washington, 14-7. In that game, Bob Griese threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Howard Twilley and Jim Kiick scored a 1-yard touchdown. Both scores came in the first quarter.
Scott kept the defense down, removing Billy Kilmer twice and registering two tackles in the game. He was the second defensive player to be named Super Bowl MVP.
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In Georgia, Scott was a Consensus All-American in 1968. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Scott is the last member of the 1972 Dolphins team to die that year. Legendary coach Don Shula passed away in May, Kiick passed away in June. Last year Bob Kuechenberg, Nick Buoniconti and Matt Langer all passed away.