SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Sunday night, FanDuel, the leader in the daily fantasy sports industry, crowned its 2015 World Fantasy Football champion: Roman Edmond, 43, of suburban Washington, D.C., who took home the title and $3 million grand prize. With two Green Bay players in his lineup in the final game of the slate, Edmond jumped from eighth place to the number one position in 60 tense and exciting minutes of game time. Football Hall of Famer and FanDuel investor Joe Montana presented the grand prize at Sunday’s live final viewing party, held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt – where two female competitors finished in the top 10.
“I’m excited to win, I’m speechless,” said Edmond after finding out he won. “It’s a great community of players here: when Eddie Lacy scored at the end of the game, they were all cheering for me. I’d like to take this championship and be a true ambassador for the game,” said Edmond. Edmond went on to credit Todd Gurley as the player that truly took his team over the top, and has promised a future tribute to the St. Louis running back.
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Edmond won his entry to the championships in week 11 of the football season, with only one player in his lineup similar to his championship team: the Kansas City defense. His full lineup for FanDuel’s World Fantasy Football Championship: Blake Bortles, Todd Gurley, Eddie Lacy, A.J. Green, Allen Hurns, Alshon Jeffery, Delanie Walker, Mason Crosby and the Kansas City defense. In all, three millionaires were made at the event: second place ($1.5 million) went to Steve Light of Marietta, Georgia while the $1 million third place finish was David Aguilar of Honolulu.
To compete in the 2015 FanDuel World Fantasy Football Championship, players won one of 120 qualifying leagues held throughout the football season on www.FanDuel.com. Each qualifying league winner won a San Diego trip package that included airfare, transportation, a three-night stay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt and a minimum prize of $20,000.
FanDuel is the leading daily fantasy sports provider with the sole mission of making sports more exciting. Founded in 2009, FanDuel has redefined fantasy sports; offering a multitude of one-day game options for NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and college football and basketball, with new public and private leagues forming daily, ranging in size from two to thousands of players. FanDuel is the Official Partner of the NBA and has multiple deals with NFL and NBA teams, driving fan engagement, hosting numerous live events and creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for sports fans throughout the year. Based in New York City with offices in Los Angeles, Orlando, Edinburgh and Glasgow, FanDuel has raised $363 million in funding from investors including KKR, Google Capital, Time Warner/Turner Sports, Shamrock Capital, NBC Sports Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Pentech Ventures, Piton Capital and Bullpen Capital.