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I've always been such a purist with athletes, it's usually only people who were on the team I support (though a few exceptions lie in Rick Ankiel, Joe Mauer, Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Nabokov, etc.) but I got a little spiel here.
Fantasy Love Only those who have helped me win a fantasy league or stay relevant in one go in this category, I d/c about personal indiscretions, lack of heart, personal hatred, etc.
I like watching the man play but my real love for Steve Smith was just because he helped me out in my first year of fantasy in 2005. I played with some of my friends from middle school in 8th grade and was really into it. I think I joined like 20 leagues. However, Steve Smith was the first "gold mine" pick I had as he exploded to beastly levels. I vote him in the fantasy hall of fame no matter what.
Aforementioned league with middle school/high school friends (it's non-pay), we use IDPs. Kirk Morrison is the most reliable IDP I've ever owned. He's a pretty solid LB'er too but again, like Smith, I will only really recall his fantasy worth.
Draft Mancrushes Only those who I loved as prospects
Not in the NFL, I don't care. I hyped him up soooo much before the draft and even had a sig of him.
I thought he was a mammoth at LT and though his draft stock slipped dramatically from the Top-5 buzz surrounding him around this time in '05; he has at least check, turned out to be a solid OT for Houston. Again....just off my memory.
Special Players Not in the "I am Sam" way but these players are the obvious ones. I feel like I'm witnessing something special when watching these guys perform. Quite simply, no explanations needed to justify my rationale. Just talking about those who you may tell your kids about
Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Vernon Davis, LaDainian Tomlinson, yes, Brett Favre
Mark Brunell Before Peyton was drafted, my all-time favorite football player was Mark Brunell.....odd, yes; but I admired Brunell for quite some time. Still do.