As Super Bowl rings go, it’s hard to top.
Any piece of championship hardware from the team that remains the only NFL squad in history to never lose a game is always in demand, but not until now has the Super Bowl VII MVP’s ring hit the market. Heritage Auctions will offer the ring presented to Miami Dolphins safety Jake Scott in its February Platinum Night Auction, where it’s expected to bring a six-figure price.
The ’72 Dolphins remain the only NFL team to run the table, winning all 14 regular season games plus a pair of playoff contests and the Super Bowl. While they weren’t perfect the next season, they repeated as champs in Super Bowl VIII and Scott’s ring from that game is also being offered, as is his 1971 AFC Championship ring.
Scott intercepted two Washington passes in Super Bowl VII, including a fourth quarter pick that effectively sealed the 14-7 win. He recovered two fumbles in Super Bowl VIII, when Miami topped Minnesota 24-7.
Scott died November 19 of last year at age 75 after a fall. The rings have been consigned by his family.
“Certainly it was a great thrill to have been contacted by his family and offered the opportunity to participate in this posthumous celebration of the man who made perfection possible,” Heritage states in its listing for the Super Bowl VII ring. “Its virtually pristine condition seems appropriate for a man who shunned the spotlight after his career had ended–it appears the ring rarely left its original box and cardboard packaging.”
A genuine diamond is set into a blue stone on the ring’s face, with smaller diamonds held in its orbit. Raised text at the perimeter reads, “1972 Miami Dolphins World Champions.” Scott’s name and “Perfect Season 17-0” appear on the sides.
Scott left Georgia’s football program and played a year in the Canadian Football League prior to being selected by the Dolphins in the 7th round of the 1970 NFL Draft. During a nine-year career from 1970-78, he intercepted 49 passes and often served as a punt and kickoff return man.
The auction is set to open February 5 and run throughout the month.