Perhaps fantasy is the right word for second-year Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy.
Just look at his last 20 months: First-team All-Southeastern Conference, BCS Championship Offensive MVP, AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Pro Bowler. For most that's a career.
The Packers and fantasy football owners are hoping Lacy's rookie season, which included 1,178 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, is just the beginning. Lacy is ranked the fifth-best fantasy back by SI, good enough to land him a spot one of three regional fantasy football-themed Sports Illustrated covers (there are four regional covers total).
Lacy's career goals are simple.
"I want to have a Frank Gore career," he says. "Ten years, man, that's a long time for a running back."
Lacy's family was uprooted by Hurricane Katrina, and they even spent this offseason living in a rented $800-a-month trailer. His family will soon move into a $200,000 house in Louisiana. But the 24-year-old isn't flashy ... he still drives a 1995 Chevy Caprice.
Chances are after another productive season, many things in Lacy's life will receive an upgrade ... including his fantasy ranking.
For more on Lacy, check out Ben Reiter's piece in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated (subscribe here).