How NFL Players Really View Fantasy Football

September 2, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's a billion-dollar industry, by any accounting. Fans love it. Websites like Bleacher Report, ESPN, NFL.com and Yahoo give it top billing. New companies offering advice on it emerge seemingly daily.
We all know that fantasy football has exploded.
But what do those in real football think of it? At first, many were dismissive. But now?
"You hear players talking about it...'I need fantasy points!'" Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen said. "It's connected fans to players even more. Now they feel they can truly play Monday Morning Quarterback from the couch.
"Fantasy football is a huge part of our game."
You don't get the eye rolls from players when you mention it anymore.
The players are players now.
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh says he's in a league with teammates. Veteran Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton was in one with 10 Lions teammates his rookie season. Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has never played fantasy football but said...

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