Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Jake Scott


With the announcement that Dick Anderson would be added to the Ring of Honor, there's been a lot of discussion about his contemporary, Jake Scott. You see, Scott played alongside Anderson for 6 years, and he holds the Dolphins career interception record, went to more pro bowls, and got selected as a Superbowl MVP (because a very hung over Dick Schappe missed most of the game, and didn't see how Manny Fernandez performed, and really only saw Scott's interception).

How can he be left out, many argue. And I'd have to agree.

The issue is that Shula and the Phins are still ticked off at him. He was playing and having a nice career. And the story goes that 30 years ago (this week) he was aksed by Shula to take a painkiller to play in a meaningless preseason game. He wouldn't and was traded to the Redskins for, well, nothing. Of course, there's more to it, like personality conflicts between Shula and Scott. But, even so, Scott went to Washington and then abruptly quit. He moved out of sight, and left all of his football memoribilia with his mother. He hasn't had contact with the Dolphins since the day of the trade, and didn't attend the Superbowl extravaganza with all the MVPs this year.

That speaks volumes as to why he wouldn't be selected to the ring of honor. He wants nothing to do with the Dolphins, and the Dolphins want nothing to do with him.
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