There’s a Hall of Fame for everything nowadays:
Polka music … Mascots (Miles probably needs to have more than six seasons under his belt before he’s in play here) … Arena Football (there was a Hall of Fame Game; there were several classes of inductees, but the concept seems to have faded from AFL view the last couple of years) … Canadian cartooning … Sports in Lethbridge, Alberta, a relatively modest city of just under 82,000 … International game fishing … and robots, both real and fictional, meaning that R2-D2, C-3PO, HAL-9000 and Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation are members.
So if there can be a Hall of Fame for fantasy beings applying potentially real technology, why can’t there be a Hall for real people making accomplishments in a fantasy realm?
So bring on the Dungeons and Dragons Hall of Fame.
No, scratch that … but enter the ESPN Fantasy Football Hall of Fame, which includes one current Bronco for his accomplishments with another team and four current or former Broncos for what they did in Denver.
The players and their notable campaigns:
“Waiver Wire Wonders,” i.e. players who went unchosen in most fantasy drafts but came up big:
WR Brandon Stokley, 2004: While with the Colts, he racked up 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns even though he was their No. 3 receiver behind Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne.
WR Rod Smith, 1997: After being a reserve player in 1995 and 1996, Smith quickly found a groove in his first year as a full-time starter, nabbing 70 receptions, 1,180 yards and 12 touchdowns. Of course, ’97 would be the last time for a decade that Smith passed through many fantasy drafts unclaimed.
RB Mike Anderson, 2000: No one would seriously consider drafting a third-team back who sat behind a pair of recent 1,000-yarders on the depth chart, so Anderson entered his rookie season with no fantasy notice whatsoever. All that had changed by Week 2, and Anderson became the Broncos’ third different 1,000-yard back in as many years, growing stronger as the season progressed and peaking with a 251-yard, four-touchdown game at New Orleans on Dec. 3.
RB Olandis Gary, 1999: Same logic as Anderson — who would draft a guy backing up the reigning league MVP? But as the Broncos regained their footing following an 0-4 start and knocked off some playoff-bound teams, Gary glittered with a 1,000-yard season and some big performances late in the year.
And then, the Broncos had one fantasy “stud,” a man who had one of the best fantasy seasons of any player in the 1990s:
RB Terrell Davis, 1998: His 2,008-yard masterpiece also included 21 touchdowns. No one has ever had 2,000 yards and more than 20 scores in the same year.
It would certainly be splendid if T.D. could someday find himself in the real Hall of Fame in Canton … for now, this will have to do, although when the full list is revealed today, he’ll likely have some good company.
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