Brian WilsonSports Illustrated asked a panel who they thought would be the most fascinating athlete in 2014 and one NFL analyst chose a certain Dodger pitcher.

Dan Fouts is a former NFL quarterback and current NFL analyst on CBS and bypassed other Dodgers such as Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig for his pick:

My choice for most fascinating person in sports is Brian Wilson of the Dodgers. Yes, “The Beard” is choosing another beard. For Wilson to come back from his second Tommy John surgery is remarkable. For him to convince the Dodgers to pay him $10 million for next season is commendable. And to see how long his beard will get is watchable.

Wilson joined the Dodgers late last season after impressing the team in a workout following Tommy John surgery. The right-hander was known for his power stuff, wild antics and of course, his dark black beard. He did well for the Dodgers in the limited time, accumulating a minuscule 0.66 ERA in 18 appearances for the National League West champions. Wilson followed that with six scoreless appearances in the postseason to head into free agency with plenty of suitors. It was reported that Wilson was close to signing with the Detroit Tigers before walking away from that deal and signing a one-year, $10 million contract with the Dodgers. The deal comes with an option for 2015.

Fouts was the only one on the panel to choose a Dodger player and one of the few to choose a baseball player. The Dodgers figure to be exciting next season with the core of their 2013 roster intact and ready to make another push to the team’s first World Series since 1988. The team should be fascinating, not only because Wilson, but because they have created some serious buzz in Los Angeles.

Helping bring a World Series title to the Dodgers would indeed make Wilson very fascinating.

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Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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