How fantasy football created emotional scars for the Saints’ Cam Jordan | Ekeler’s Edge

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler and Yahoo Sports’ Fantasy Analyst Matt Harmon are joined by the New Orleans Saints 7-time Pro Bowl defensive end. Jordan explains how the one season he played fantasy football, traumatized him so much that it led to him no longer liking waffles of all things. You’ll want to hear this story. Catch fresh episodes of Ekeler’s Edge every Wednesday on Yahoo Sports and your favorite social media platforms. Listen to Ekeler’s Edge on the Yahoo Fantasy Football Forecast wherever you get podcasts.

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CAM JORDAN: Don't talk fantasy with me. I've had-- I'm emotionally scarred from the first time I ever tried to do fantasy.

AUSTIN EKELER: Now I'm intrigued. That's the way I want to go now. Wait a minute. Wait a minute, what happened?


MATT HARMON: All right, now welcome to the show, Saints star defender, Cam Jordan. Cam, what's going on, buddy? How we doing?

CAM JORDAN: I'm good. I'm good. I'm always intrigued on intros. I like defender. Defender works for me.

AUSTIN EKELER: Yeah you don't want to be confined to the misconceptions about just playing D end or linebacker, or things like that. Yeah. But I just want to say, welcome to "Ekeler's Edge." I appreciate you, man. Just a little about the show. We talk fantasy. We talk life. We talk ball. We talk motivation, a little bit of everything. So I appreciate you coming in and joining us today.

CAM JORDAN: Man. I appreciate you having me on don't talk fantasy with me. Look, I'm emotionally scarred from the first time I ever tried to do fantasy. I'm done with fantasy drafts. I can't keep up. In the middle of the season, I'm not keeping up with everybody who's like getting injured or rotating in or out, or getting traded. It got too much. I'm focused on putting hands on someone.

AUSTIN EKELER: Well now-- now I'm intrigued. That's where I want to go now.

MATT HARMON: Now you've got our curiosity

AUSTIN EKELER: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. What happened? What happened? When did you do fantasy?

CAM JORDAN: One of my-- had been what like, seven, eight years ago now? Like, you know, my boys were doing the fantasy league, and I think-- it was a lot of line. It was like-- it wasn't even monetary. It was like if you're the bottom tier you have to go eat at like Waffle House or something like that. It's like-- it was like a lot of waffles. It was an inordinate amount of waffles. It was like 15 waffles, 16 waffles, right? Or you had to spend, it was like an hour, somewhere in there. It was like it was like eight or nine hours you have to spend in Waffle House. And like, just sitting in Waffle House. You know, looking like a real creep. Not like hey, I'm coming in at 2:00 in the morning. No, we're coming in at 3:00 PM and you're going to stay here til darn near midnight.

AUSTIN EKELER: Eat all these waffles man. That's one thing that I've actually learned more, because I haven't been in fantasy for very long, probably three years now. And being in first is great, but I've heard not being last is actually what you're playing for, for a lot of these guys.

CAM JORDAN: I'm fighting not to be last. As long as I don't end up last.

AUSTIN EKELER: Because a lot of these guys have punishments. I was listening to a guy the other day. I was talking to him, and for them, whoever gets last has to dress as a boy scout and go do a lemonade stand at the choice of the rest of the group.

CAM JORDAN: That's what I'm saying. It's great to be in the group, unless you're not doing what you're supposed to do. Like, you're supposed to be rotating. You're supposed to have an IDP. You're supposed to be able to rotate your healthy players, with your hurt players. And somewhere in the middle season, I'm not doing that. I'm focused on being healthy myself and whooping somebody's, you know.

MATT HARMON: So Cam, did you have to go to do the Waffle House challenge?

CAM JORDAN: Yes and no. I think-- because it was like bottom three. I think I was like, the third from the last. So I think I had to go there for like an hour or something like that. And I had to eat-- it's like two entree waffles, and then for how many hours you're in there, it's like a waffle will knock off 30 minutes. So it's like you had to eat plus 16 waffles after the initial two. It gets gross. But also, I don't want to be there for more than the hour and a half, two hours tops? Three hours. Press that eight button, it's different.

And you got-- like, it's not like you can just be like, oh yeah, I went. No. You know your boys are calling you, like, hey bro, you FaceTime in. Check in on you. It gets weird.