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Chico man selected to Fantasy Football Hall of Fame

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:41:13 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 11 2013 12:14:14 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

A Butte County football fan is celebrating his induction into the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame.

Steve Gardner of Chico was selected to the 2013 class of the Toyota Hall of Fame Legends of Fantasy Football.

He's among five people selected by an online vote for this year's class of inductees.

Gardner said he lobbied to win online votes, even asking Justin Bieber to retweet his voting information.  Bieber obliged.

As a member of the Hall of Fame, Gardner will have a virtual bronze bust posted online.  He'll also receive a yellow jacket, similar those worn by members of the NFL Hall of Fame.

Gardner has been playing fantasy football for 30 years and has managed nearly 300 teams.

After the new inductions, there are now 19 players in the Fantasy Hall of Fame.  Gardner said he's long considered himself one of Yahoo's best fantasy players.  Now his title proves it.