While many fantasy football owners are sweating it out heading into their respective league title games this weekend, Roman Edmond is basking in the afterglow of winning the FanDuel World Fantasy Football Championship in San Diego on Dec. 13.
The Sterling resident received a grand prize check for $3 million and accepted the first-place trophy from Hall of Famer Joe Montana, who also happens to be a FanDuel investor.
As excited as Edmond was over his life-changing circumstances, the IT professional waited until he came home to inform his wife, Anell, of the developments. She didn’t believe him at first, and neither did his son, Eli.
“I think she had to go on the Internet to confirm,” Edmond said during a telephone interview. “I really loved that moment because I felt she was really proud of me because even prior to winning, she texted me to say, ‘You’re already a winner. Just go out there and do your best,’ and I took that to be a little comforting.”
Edmond was in eighth place going into the finals that took place in Week 14 of the NFL season. Among the moves he made was adding Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy, who a week earlier rushed for four yards on five carries. But in Week 14, Coach Mike McCarthy took over play-calling duties, and Lacy amassed a career-high 124 yards with one touchdown.
He also stuck with St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley despite the rookie combining for 60 yards on 18 carries in consecutive losses to the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals. The Bengals own the NFL’s No. 8 rushing defense, and the Cardinals are ranked fourth.
But in Week 14, Gurley was facing the Detroit Lions, who have allowed the most rushing touchdowns in the league (18) this season. Gurley finished with 140 yards and two touchdowns.
The rest of his lineup: QB Blake Bortles; WRs A.J. Green, Allen Hurns and Alshon Jeffery; TE Delanie Walker; PK Mason Crosby; DST Kansas City Chiefs.
Edmond, who started playing fantasy football two years ago, indicated he intends use some of his winning to pay off student loans.
“It was very surreal,” Edmond said. “I was on a live stream last year, and I saw the winner, and I was envisioning myself holding the [championship] belt. I loved it. I was walking through the airport, and everyone was like, ‘Hey, what’s that?’ and I got to give them my story.
“It was just so fantastic, last year thinking, ‘Hey, that could be me,’ and now actually it is me being that individual, I mean it’s a just a surreal experience. Phenomenal.”