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March
1962
Fantasy Football is Born

The rules for what eventually became Fantasy Football were developed in 1962 at New York City’s Milford Plaza Hotel by Wilfred “Bill” Winkenbach together with Bill Tunnell and Scotty Stirling.

August
1962
First Draft of GOPPPL

The world’s first league, The Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prediction League (GOPPPL), holds its inaugural draft.

News article about draft
August
1969
Fantasy Goes Public

An original creator of GOPPPL, Andy Mousalimas becomes commissioner of the first public Fantasy Football league at the King’s X Sports Bar.

Andy Mousalimas
September
1974
The Ladies Get Started

The first known Ladies’ Division begins at the King’s X Sports Bar.

November
1984
Dan Marino Sets Single-Season Passing Record
October
1986
Run & Shoot

Implementing spread schemes devised by legendary Portland State head coach Mouse Davis, Jerry Glanville’s Houston Oilers bombard opponents into oblivion, revolutionizing the game with the Run & Shoot offense.

September
1989
1,000,000
Fantasy Football
Players in the U.S.
July
1999
Yahoo.com Launches Fantasy Football

Yahoo goes against the grain of other major competitors by offering its first Fantasy Football product for free. Yahoo hasn’t looked back, holding the top spot in the industry as a Fantasy game provider ever since.

August
1999
Rise of the warner

In the preseason, Trent Green tears his ACL, ending his season before it begins. This injury paves the way for former Arena Leaguer Kurt Warner to become one of the greatest waiver-wire pickups in Fantasy Football history.

December
2002
Rushing Yards Record

Emmitt Smith surpasses Chicago’s legendary Walter Payton (16,726 rushing yards) as the all-time leading rusher in NFL history. After leaving Dallas, Emmitt added 1,193 more yards to his total in Arizona, finishing with 18,355 yards.

September
2006
12,000,000
Fantasy Football
Players
September
2009
DirecTV Red Zone Channel® Launches

Building on the foundation laid by NFL SUNDAY TICKET earlier in the decade, the Red Zone Channel debuts to the thrill of the Fantasy community. Every touchdown. Every game. Pure bliss.

August
2010
The Toyota Hall of Fame is Born

The Toyota Hall of Fame is born, inducting its first class of legends. It becomes the only Hall dedicated exclusively to the best in Fantasy Football.

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Fall
2011
Inducted Hall of Famers
Fall
2012
Inducted Hall of Famers
Fall
2013
Inducted Hall of Famers
August
2014
The Toyota Hall of Fame Gets a Home

The world’s only Hall of Fame dedicated to the best players in Fantasy Football opens. The Hall goes from online to the real world, breaking ground inside Levi's® Stadium outside San Francisco.

Fall
2014
Inducted Hall of Famers
Fall
2014
33,000,000
Fantasy Football
Players
Fall
2015
Inducted Hall of Famers