When Ravens running back Justin Forsett visited San Quentin State (Calif.) Prison recently, he had no idea his value in fantasy football would be a topic of conversation with inmates.
Forsett went to college at Cal, which is about 25 miles from San Quentin. He became a popular fantasy football choice with inmates, after he rushed for a career–best 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014. However, Forsett’s production fell last season to just 641 yards and two touchdowns, after he missed the final six games with a broken arm.
Inmates who took Forsett in their fantasy draft were not happy. And they didn’t mind telling Forsett.
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“As were walking through, inmates were running up to me, hugging me, whispering to each other about me, yelling, ‘Hey, yo Forsett,’’’ he wrote on his personal blog. “I had you on my fantasy team last season.”
“I was like, ‘What, you all have fantasy football in here?’ It brings a new perspective a season-ending injury when you have an inmate telling you he had you on his fantasy team…and I know I didn’t get any points for this guy.
“You know, I had to apologize. It was a surreal experience that these guys know who you are and are playing fantasy football.”
The visit wasn’t all fun and laughter for Forsett. He was part of the San Quentin Squires Program, which brings youngsters to the prison, to expose them to the realities of prison life as a deterrent to breaking the law.
Forsett was impressed with what the inmates told the youngsters.
“Since one bad decision can land you in a place like this, the inmates really encourage them to avoid this life path,” Forsett wrote. “Some of them - I’m talking murderers in there for life – shared their stories and made sure the kids understood that jail is not a cool place to be.”
After that experience, Forsett is less likely to complain about the dog days of training camp. And he has also learned that San Quentin does fantasy football.
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