Our (and by our, I mean me and my twisted teal sister) 2011 Fantasy Football Team is called A Few Good Men...because instead of drafting players based on boring stats and percentages, we're choosing them based solely on morals, looks, and general intelligence.
Do you volunteer your time to the community, kiss your wife after every game, and promote the value of sport and education in a child's life? You just made the roster. Did you "accidentally" shoot another teammate, get anything tattooed on your face, or just in general forget that there is no "I" in "team"? You are not the man for us.
Yeeeahhhh...looking at you, T.O.
Looks do figure into it as well, but they are a little more subjective. For example, I think Drew Brees has a nose that you could hang a potted plant from...but I know several people who would not kick him out of bed, even if he was chomping on Sun Chips.
It's a family moment for Brees.
Speaking of Drew, he was awarded the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year last November for the work his and his wife's organization has done for schools in the aftermath of Katrina. He is still married to his high school sweetheart and they have 2 children together (the second son's name was chosen when Brees tweeted to fans that they could help choose the name). He was All-American Academic in high school and went on to pursue a master's at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. And he has created anti-bullying PSAs. Hook nose or no, Brees may be our #1 contender for quarterback. Not to mention...I have a soft spot for The Big Easy (and their hand grenades).
And how can we have a complete Fantasy Football Team without a Jags player? I nominate Aaron Kampman for defensive end.
He's in The Teal now. And LOOK! This is not Kampman's mug shot!
With the square jaw, the boy-next-door trim, and *gasp* are those...dimples... he looks as good as he plays. Kampman, who is married with 3 children, signed with the Jags after leaving Green Bay. In true Good Guy style he said, after a particularly rough season with the Packers, "Everyone gets frustrated...you have to realize life is bigger than winning or losing. In 10 years it's not going to matter." An NFL player with a healthy perspective on life? Show him where to sign, sis!
Annnndddd...now we're stuck. If I could bring some players out of retirement, I would easily choose Kurt Warner, Jerome Bettis, and Tedy Bruschi. If I was choosing a team of angels, I would include Pat Tillman (anyone who dies for this country is #1 on my list) and Reggie White.
Teammate. Soldier. Hero.
But we have to choose living, breathing, playing athletes who can keep the littlest player in their pants and a winning attitude about losing. So, sis and I are opening this up to you and your suggestions. Please, no one from the Vikings as they have proven repeatedly that the only team they should be playing against is Supermax Cellblock A.
And if you think Brees should be replaced by one of the Manning brothers, let us know that too. Once we have our team assembled, we'll keep you updated on the progress. If Karma plays out on the football field too, we may have one golly gosh darn heck of a season!