GSSR contributor Beachum makes fantasy football HOF

col-joelbeachum(Editors Note: Grand Strand Sports Report contributor Joel Beachum was elected to the Toyota Fantasy Football Hall of Fame on Friday. The following is his story about how and why he went from a newcomer to a Hall of Famer in one decade.)

I have always been a huge football fan – high school, college and professional. I probably would have played high school football had I not been 4-foot-11 and 110 pounds as a freshman. Thank goodness for lots of food and at least a foot of height and 70 pounds over the years.

About 10 years ago, one of my cousins told me about fantasy football. You can manage a football team, and you don’t need to play the actual game or have money. I was hooked. This is my 11th season playing fantasy football. I have played on Yahoo, ESPN and the NFL Network. I also have played the year-long contest on 100.3 The Team out of Myrtle Beach. Over that time, I have won 16 Championships in Yahoo and five on ESPN.

I have played against experienced players at the local, regional, state and national level. I have given tons of advice to other players in and out of my leagues. I have also garnered lots of advice from national radio and television shows and many others. To me, it is a fun opportunity to keep up with current players in the game. Some of them play on my favorite teams and some are just the better fantasy football players in the game today.

My one team from a league is named after one of my favorite movies, Remember the Titans. The combination of Julio Jones, Mike Evans and Brandon Cooks at WR, DeMarco Murray and LaGarrette Blount at RB has that team undefeated after the regular season. Now comes week 14 – to quote former NFL coach: “Playoffs? Don’t talk about playoffs! Are you kidding me? Playoffs?!” It is really time to talk about the playoffs.

The playoffs go usually from week 14-week 16, and there normally are no games on week 17 because half of the teams sit their best players that week. The brackets usually go six or eight teams, and the winners end up getting a virtual trophy and bragging rights until the next year.

I guess my fascination for fantasy football has led to several positives. I have been able to stay connected with many friends. I have met tons of other people through the game, and this season I was chosen as a finalist for the Yahoo Fantasy Football Hall of Fame.

The top ten finalists were chosen by Yahoo to take part in the voting process for a chance to be in the top five, and be inducted into the Yahoo Fantasy Football Hall of Fame. Yes, it does exist at Levi Stadium in California. The top five even get a virtual HOF bust put on the Yahoo Fantasy Football website.

On Friday, I learned that I made the cut. I will travel to San Francisco to be enshrine (https://www.toyotahalloffame.com). Thanks to all who voted for me and it is a true honor. But, just like the actual athletes, I play for the love of the game.

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