Former UVa Great Tom Scott Passes Away
Sept. 1, 2015
Charlottesville, Va. – – Tom Scott, the first two-sport All-American at Virginia, passed away on Monday, Aug. 31. He was 84 years old. A native of Baltimore, Md., Scott was an All-American in both football and lacrosse at UVa. He enjoyed a 12-year career in the National Football League and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969. Scott also played baseball and basketball at Virginia and earned a total of seven varsity letters.
Scott attended Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore before enrolling at Virginia. He helped the Cavaliers to a 24-5 record from 1950 to 1952 as a standout two-way end during the era of single platoon football. Virginia finished the 1951 season with an 8-1 record and ranked 13th nationally in The Associated Press’ final Top-20 poll.
As a senior in 1952, Scott helped lead Virginia to an 8-2 record and was selected an All-American by the AP and Newspaper Enterprise Association. He also was a member of Virginia’s USILA National Champion lacrosse team in 1952 and was an All-America defenseman in 1953.
Scott played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the College All-Star game in 1952 following his collegiate career.
A fifth round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1953, he played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1953 to 1958 and for the New York Giants from 1959 to 1964. Scott was on New York Giants teams that played in NFL title games in 1961, 1962 and 1963. He played linebacker during his professional career that saw him compete in the 1957 and 1958 Pro Bowls.
Following his football career, Scott worked as an insurance executive for more than 30 years. He served as the director of NFL Alumni Association from 1968 to 1971.
Virginia retired Scott’s jersey during the 2008 season. In 2013, he was included into the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Legends Class. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3 at Teague Funeral Home (2260 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, Va.) from 6-8 p.m. A memorial service is Friday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. at Church of our Saviour (1165 East Rio Road, Charlottesville, Va.).