Homeless Man Wins ESPN’s Top Fantasy Football Prize, Can Now Afford Home
January 20 / Brad Cohen / SportsGrid
When Tim Tebow threw for 205 yards, ran for 94 yards and scored three touchdowns in Denver's 12th loss (a January 2nd defeat at the hands of the Chargers), the Broncos' season was already over. Nobody really cared—except for Nathan Harrington, who started the Broncos QB in his ESPN fantasy league. By doing so, Harrington beat 3.1 million competitors to finish No. 1 in ESPN.com's prize-eligible fantasy football league.
Tebow racked up 27 points that day. Harrington won by 0.8.
At this point some of you might be getting pretty bitter, thinking about all the injuries your team suffered, that one interception your QB threw, how the refs screwed your whole season with that stupid Calvin Johnson rule. Well, wait for the kicker...
Harrington didn't even own a computer. He didn't even have his own apartment. At the time, the Salem, Mass. resident was living in a cheap motel.
After suffering a bad car accident that required back surgery and forced him to take medical leave from his marketing job, he had to move out of his apartment because it was so infested with rats it became unbearable. Despite his life spiraling out of control, he said the one thing that was going right was his fantasy football season.
So Harrington continued to check out the waiver wire at the library computers, call in lineup changes to friends, knock on strangers' doors to propose trades. It wound up being worth it. The top prize earned the 33-year old a $3,500 gift certificate to Best Buy that he has agreed to sell to his mother for $2500.
All that constant stopping at friends' houses, libraries and his mom's house drove his fiancée mad. "She thought I was the Antichrist. She kept saying, 'It's just fantasy football!' And I kept saying, 'Honey, you don't understand!'"
And most fiance's might have been right. But, now Harrington's fiance laughs about the situation knowing that fantasy-football success might be enough to put a down payment on an apartment for the two of them and their 3-year-old son.
So now, you can at least try to force a smile, knowing that the worthless field goal kicker who cost you your season when he missed that 30-yard field goal might have helped give a family a home.