This year, the most sought after NFL fantasy football player is Penn State’s own Larry Johnson, now of the NFL Kansas City Chiefs. I just heard Tiki Barber of the New York Giants, no slouch himself, state that LJ would be his cornerstone pick.
There’s even a television commercial that centers around Larry’s desirability as a fantasy player. It promotes ESPN’s cell phones. Reggie Bush is in it and the theme is that Heisman aside, LJ is the top pick for this year, not Bush (which you can presumably glean by getting the stats through your ESPN cell phone). The setting is someone’s house, with a bunch of guys sitting around making their fantasy pick. Bush is sitting in the middle. It goes something like this:
Reggie Bush: Who you picking first in the fantasy draft this year?
Unidentified Guy: I think I’m going with Larry Johnson.
RB: That’s messed up. I got the Heisman and you’re picking LJ first in my league?
UG: OK, here goes. With the first pick in the 2006 fantasy draft, I select Reggie Bush.
RB: Good. Now I can get LJ!
All this Turkey has to say is that Larry had better live up to the promise for which he set the bogey with last season’s second half performance, or there will be a lot of pissed-off fantasy football players around this great land of ours!