Dignitas has signed Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott to its Rocket League team as a substitute and content creator, the team and NFL player announced Wednesday in a move that brings fans the first-ever dual-sport athlete with traditional and esports positions.
Scott’s signing was first hinted at when he went to a Philadelphia 76ers basketball game wearing a Dignitas Rocket League jersey. Not too long after, Dignitas’ official Twitter confirmed that Scott, 26, will be a substitute for their Rocket League squad. Scott was on a one-year deal with the Eagles in 2021 and is a restricted free agent entering the 2022 offseason.
Our Rocket League team just became more stacked. 💪
Welcome to @DignitasRL, @BostonScott2 – the first two sport NFL and Rocket League pro! pic.twitter.com/avrrDgBbds
— Dignitas (@dignitas) February 3, 2022
A maestro on real and digital turf
This isn’t just a vanity signing for the Dignitas Rocket League squad. Scott has hit the rank of Grand Champion in the game, according to ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter, meaning that has been among the top 1% of players in the game, according to Rocket League Tracker. Scott also joins a fairly exclusive list of professional athletes like Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson who competed in multiple sports at once at the highest level.
Scott just signed with @Dignitas making him the first ever two-sport athlete in the NFL & ESPORTS!
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) February 3, 2022
The running back is signing as both a content creator and a substitute player for the Dignitas squad. Fresh off of winning the Monaco Gaming Show 2021 competition and finishing second in the Rocket League Championship Series 2021-22 Winter EU Regional 1 Open, Dignitas are hoping to try to return to the greatness that once defined the team in Rocket League. The esport itself is also progressing toward a return to normalcy, with the RLCS Winter Major being announced as an in-person event in Los Angeles in late March.
Scott rushed for 373 yards on 87 carries for Philadelphia this season. The Eagles made it to the NFC Wild Card game this season, where they lost to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-15, with Scott rushing for 34 yards and a touchdown on one carry.
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