It’s one thing to put your money where your mouth is. Making a bet for financial gain is the American way. But one ESPN football analyst has taken it a step further by threatening bodily harm should the Philadelphia Eagles win on Sunday.
Bart Scott went on national television and promised to shave off one of his eyebrows if the San Francisco 49ers don’t defeat the Eagles in Week 2. The one-time Pro Bowl linebacker isn’t sold on Jalen Hurts being more than a one-week wonder, so he made a bet with his former New York Jets teammate Damien Woody. Scott strongly suggested that Eagles fans keep the tags on those new No. 1 midnight green jerseys.
“I bet you that if the 49ers lose to the Philadelphia Eagles, I’ll shave my eyebrow off,” Scott said on ESPN’s “Get Up” show. “Everybody’s in love with Jalen Hurts this week. Everybody went out and bought jerseys, jersey sales up 500% … I bet what the Philadelphia fans didn’t do? They didn’t pop that tag off. They tucked it in. Because this week they’re gonna be returning all those jerseys.”
Scott was a terrific football player in his prime. He retired in 2013 with 25 career sacks and 747 tackles (75 for loss). The 242-pounder could never wait to hit the quarterback and now he’s taking aim at them from the television studio. Hurts should have some fun with it. And Scott’s low-brow bet should make for some high-brow sports talk radio in Philly.
(Editor’s note: What a week for bets in the Eagles’ locker room, huh? Jason Kelce made a “hairy” one with teammate Zach Ertz prior to training camp).
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On Wednesday, Hurts revealed a new motto during his media availability with reporters. The NFL season is a grind and he’s taking it one day at a time.
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