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Former College Football Star Died While On Vacation In Thailand

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Former Colgate star Jordan Scott, one of the best running backs in Patriot League history, is dead at 31. He tragically died after jumping off of a dam at a resort while on vacation in Thailand.

Scott is all-time leader in rushing attempts in all of Division I football. The 2009 grad carried the rock 1,240 times during his Raiders career, piling up 5,621 yards and 57 touchdowns. Both were Patriot League records when his career ended.

He remains second in both yards and touchdowns in conference history. This season, Fordham’s Chase Edmonds passed him in those categories.

Jordan Scott, a Washington, D.C. native, was on vacation with friends in Thailand last week.

On Friday, while on a visit to a resort near Khao Sok National Park, he jumped off of Ratchaprapa Dam. After his second jump, he never resurfaced.

Local authorities found his body on Monday. He was confirmed dead earlier today by the Bangkok Post.

More on the tragic incident, from The Oneida Daily Dispatch:

According to Friday’s edition of the Bangkok Post, the 31-year-old failed to surface after jumping into the water at the Ratchaprapa Dam, near Surat Thani in the Ban Ta Khun district. That area is located about an hour’s flight south of Bangkok.

Scott hailed from Washington, D.C., and he was visiting the area with five friends. It was Scott’s second jump into the water, which is estimated at 150 feet deep at that point next to the dam. The structure spans 2,500 feet and was built in 1987.

According to the report, the resort will pay Scott's family $31,000, which it will receive from its accident insurance package.

Colgate head coach Dan Hunt praised his former star running back, for both his on-field accomplishments, and for who he was as a person:

“Jordan was one of the best players we’ve ever had here but also one of the better people,” Colgate head coach Dan Hunt said. “He made everybody around him better and made everybody feel welcome.”


“He’ll be missed, and you will see in the next days and weeks to come the strength that is Colgate Football. We will rally behind him and his family. To have a career like that and to leave marks like he did kind of gives you a little bit of immortality. He will be remembered forever.”

A GoFundMe campaign has also raised over $36,000 on what was a $16,000 goal to bring home his body. The excess funds will be donated in Jordan's memory. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family, and the Colgate community during this incredibly difficult time.

[The Oneida Daily Dispatch]