While former Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet is known for making clutch plays during his time in the NFL, he’s now making a name for himself off the field as a serious DFS player.
Chrebet was on hand this weekend at FanDuel’s $4 million World Fantasy Baseball Championship in Las Vegas, after beating out 362 competitors in July to win his entry.
“Qualifying felt great,” Chrebet told the Daily News. “I play in all different types of guaranteed prize pools, but my main goal has always been to qualify for the $4M FanDuel WFBC in Las Vegas – to be able to get the full DFS experience.”
Chrebet would go on to take 29th place out of a 90-player field and go home with a respectable $25,000 score. Poker pros turned DFS grinders Ray Coburn and Corey Albertson claimed the top spot and the $1 million first-place prize, their second seven-figure DFS win.
DFS as therapy
During his time with the Jets, Chrebet suffered several concussions, one of which ultimately ended his NFL career. Recent research has shown that concussions can have serious long-term effects on the lives of pro football players, and can cause severe depression, amongst other maladies.
Chrebet understands the danger and has worked hard to keep his mind as active as possible in his new job as financial advisor for Barclays. DFS was another way for him to keep his mind sharp, and he began playing football contests before finding his niche in Major League Baseball.
“From what I’ve heard from former players that had issues with concussions, it’s important to stay sharp,” he told USA Today. “Reading, puzzles — just using your brain. This allows me to do that, keeps me focusing on stuff. It’s when you sit back and do nothing that you grow old too fast.”
Football/baseball superstar Bo Jackson hosted the FanDuel event and participated in a home run derby at Big League Dreams Sports Park in Las Vegas. FanDuel Director of Communications Justine Sacco marveled at how much the DFS industry has grown in such a short time.
“It’s really incredible to think that in a few years, we’ve gone from producing live events that would bring in 25 guys trying to win $50K and now we’re throwing live events that Bo Jackson is hosting and former professional athletes like Wayne Chrebet are vying to get access to,” she said.
While grinders like Albertson and Coburn play DFS for a living, Chrebet made clear that daily fantasy was not a job for him. “I just enjoy the rush of it,” he said. “It keeps me sharp: The studying, the analysis. I try not to put too much time into it; I’ve got three kids and a job.”