Saskie native Brett Boyko promoted to Chargers active roster

Saskatoon product and B.C. Lions draft pick Brett Boyko has been added to the Los Angeles active roster and could see his first-ever NFL action this Sunday when the Chargers travel to New York to face the Jets.

The 25-year-old Boyko, a 6-foot-7 offensive lineman, has spent most of the past three years on the practice squad, first with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, then with the Chargers the last two seasons.

A top-rated CFL prospect after playing his college ball at UNLV, Boyko fell to the Lions in the third round over the (apparently very real) concerns surrounding his NFL prospects.

Boyko played – wait for it – quarterback in high school and almost came to the CFL last fall after he was released by the Chargers.

“It’s a tough deal,” Boyko told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix at the time. “NFL or CFL? What is the right place for me? I don’t know the right answer to that yet. I’m in the same boat as a lot of American players, hoping to get an opportunity later in the (NFL) season. They don’t have the CFL option. Fortunately, I have. There is some interest (on his part) in just waiting for injuries — or something to happen that would open a door for me down south. That’s my agent’s main focus right now.”

The Chargers ultimately re-signed him to a future’s contract and now he’ll suit up on Sunday so it seems like he made the call.

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11 Comments on Saskie native Brett Boyko promoted to Chargers active roster

  1. Dan Bombers // December 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm //

    Pretty cool wish him the best

  2. What an amazing story! Brett Boyko has worked so hard. This young man has it all. He is a gentle giant with outstanding skills and manners. He was raised exceptionally by his two parents. Congratulations! Brett will no doubt be a great asset to the Chargers! Dreams do come true! All the best Brett Boyko.

  3. Didn’t know San Diego had a NFL team?

    • And where in either the story or the comments do you see San Diego????

    • They don’t, he plays for the LA Chargers.
      He is ex-UNLV and not CIS. The NCAA spotting Canadian talent in high school and signing them to play south of the border.
      Another example of why the Canadian ratio must be eliminated or reduced, the best Canadian football players are not going to the CIS but the NCAA.

      • Your argument doesn’t work, a Canadian is a Canadian, whether they played college ball in the US or Canada.

      • Jeff Garcia's Agent // December 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm //

        Ratio has nothing to do with it, money does. He’s in the NFL because he can make in one season what would take him his first 4-5 years to make in the CFL.

  4. I remember watching him in high school, he was so ridiculously big compared to the other kids. Best of luck Brett!

  5. Our loss, Chargers gain. Don’t know his story like I know the Danny Watkins story but those are two great linemen and two great people we lost from all indications.

    • How did we lose them?
      The NCAA scouted them in Canada and signed them to schools south of the border. They trained, coached and developed them over 4 years.

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