Packers running back Eddie Lacy on this week's Sports Illustrated cover

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy looks to continue to improve after his remarkable rookie season. 
Publish date:

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).

2014 Sports Illustrated Covers