Tuesday December 6, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- Former University of Georgia All-America safety and Super Bowl MVP Jake Scott will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame tonight.
Scott becomes the 12th player and 16th overall member of the Hall of Fame from Georgia. The last Georgia player selected to the Hall was former quarterback John Rauch (1945-48) who was inducted in 2003. Scott will be honored at the National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria.
In addition, Georgia punter Drew Butler will be presented one of the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards at tonight’s banquet. Butler is the only player from the Southeastern Conference on the 16-man team and he is the only specialist being recognized.
Born July 20, 1945, in Greenwood S.C., Scott was one of the most gifted athletes every to wear the red and black. A consensus All-America defensive back in 1968, Scott was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
He was one of the leaders of Georgia's 1968 SEC championship team which included an undefeated regular season (8-0-2) and an invitation to the Sugar Bowl. He led the SEC in interceptions in 1967 and again in 1968 when he recorded 10. That same year, he also led the SEC in punt returns and punt return yardage. Scott still holds the SEC record for most interception touchdowns in a single game with two vs. Kentucky in 1968.