Before scoring three touchdowns on Sunday to help the Philadelphia Eagles clinch a playoff birth, running back Boston Scott explained in a radio interview how the Old Testament verse Joshua 1:9 has given him confidence in the face of adversity as a smaller football player.
At 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 203 pounds, Scott has been considered undersized throughout his career and even in college when he was a walk-on at Louisiana Tech University. He was promoted from the Eagles’ practice squad to the gameday roster back in October.
In a game against the New York Giants on Sunday, Scott silenced any doubters as he had the best game of his young National Football League career. He scored three rush touchdowns and rushed for 54 yards on top of recording 84 receiving yards on six receptions. The performance earned Scott the title of NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Scott explained in his interview with Maaddi that although there have been doubters of his abilities throughout his career, he has taken most of his motivation from his desire to prove those who have believed in him right.
“That’s the kind of a mindset that is a little biblical,” Maaddi replied. “I know you are a believer and you are a brother in Christ. We appreciate that about you too, as well. We do appreciate who you are, not just who you are on the field but who you are inside as a man of Christ, as a believer.”
Maaddi noted that Scott posted Joshua 1:9 on his Twitter bio.
The verse reads: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
After pointing out that Joshua 1:9 and Philippians 4:13 are both common verses favorited by many athletes, Maaddi asked Scott to explain what the significance of Joshua 1:9 is to him.
“So that [verse] stuck with me for a long time,” Scott said. “I’ve definitely been through a lot of adversity. I was a walk-on at Louisiana Tech. There were a lot of times when I faced adversity with injuries [and] with not playing.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith