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Fantasy Football Primer: Origins

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Most sports historians believe the first fantasy football draft took place in Oakland, California in 1963. Each team selected twenty players, including defenders. Here are five more fast facts about that draft and the fantasy owners who competed in it. Bill “Wink” Winkenbach, former owner of a Bay Area tile company and part-owner of the Raiders, is considered the godfather of fantasy football.

Winkenbach and the other league members played in an eight-team league called the Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League (GOPPPL).

Houston Oilers quarterback/kicker George Blanda was selected No. 1 overall. Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown (pictured) was picked second. The team that picked Brown won the league and the $60 that went with it. 

GOPPPL member Andy Mousalimas helped spread the popularity of fantasy football by bringing it to his Oakland bar, Kings X. Patrons of the bar submitted lineups to Mousalimas who compiled all of the stats.

The GOPPPL still exists today. 

SOURCE: sportsonearth.com

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