Eagles’ Boston Scott Signs Historic Contract Making Him 2-League Player

Boston Scott

Getty Eagles RB Boston Scott finished with 449 all-scrimmage yards in 2019.

Boston Scott has been beating the odds for years as an undersized running back with an insane work ethic and a good nose for the end zone. Especially when he’s lining up against the New York Giants. Now Scott is embarking on a new career as a professional gamer.

The 26-year-old was signed by esports vertical Dignitas in a deal that makes Scott the first two-sport NFL and Rocket League pro in history. The company made an official announcement on February 2 welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles fan-favorite player to the fold. Scott is a rising star in the growing world of esports and holds the title of Grand Champion, which ranks him in the top 52% percent of all Rocket League gamers on the planet.

“Gaming has always been a part of my life. It had an impact on me since I was young that has made it bigger than just a hobby that I enjoy,” Scott said in a statement, via ESPN. “So the fact that I’m able to join Dignitas is a dream come true.”

“Excited ain’t the word. Let’s ride!!” he tweeted in response to the announcement.

Scott ran for 373 yards and seven touchdowns over 16 games (four starts) in 2021. The 5-foot-6, 203-pounder is one of the most elusive backs in the league, particularly when he gets in the red zone. His twitchy jukes can be reminiscent of a video game at times. He has 13 career touchdowns — eight of them coming against the Giants.

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