Homeless Man Dominates Fantasy Football

ESPNDespite major setbacks such as not owning a home or having regular access to a computer, a homeless man in Salem, Massachusetts has proven to be the king of ESPN’s fantasy football.

Nathan Harrington, a man who suffered through an intense car accident which has prevented him from working, was the number one finisher out of 3.1 million people that entered ESPN’s fantasy football.

Talk about your feel good story.

Following his car accident in 2009, Harrington along with his son and fiancée were left homeless after their apartment building was deemed “unlivable” due to large quantities of rats. They went on to live in a cheap motel, which placed Harrington’s computer in a storage unit.

While things were going poorly (to say the least), his fantasy football team was just hitting its stride, ranking in the top-50 four weeks into the year.

Of course, to have a successful fantasy team you need to closely monitor it and make transactions to ensure the best result. Since his computer was no longer available, Harrington was forced to get creative.

He asked other guests at the motel to use their computer to adjust his lineup. He used the local library. He had friends of his make moves on his account for him. He even used computers at his father’s nursing home.

With other areas of his life in disarray, Harrington clung to the one thing that was going well – remarkably well as a matter a fact.

Unfortunately there is no million dollar prize or get rich quick ending here, but the final result is still a positive one.

For winning, Harrington will receive a $3,500 gift certificate to Best Buy. He plans to sell the certificate to his mother for $2,500 in which he will then attempt to get his family back on their collective feet. (Mom couldn’t chip in more than $2,500? Come on now, your son is homeless!)

The money may not seem too significant but clearly any amount is a huge step in the right direction. Hopefully Harrington’s new found success and feel good story will only result in more positive news in the future.

To read the full story with more details, check out The Salem News feature.