The recent retirement of New York Jets superfan Fireman Ed has upset Jets fans across the nation. Ed was a motivational figure and one of the only signs of life for the Jets this season. Unfortunately, he decided to hang up his fireman hat after being season-ticket holder since 1976.
Fireman Ed’s reasoning for quitting was the cruel environment and verbal assaults from the Jets fans. Before the season, Ed switched from his No. 42 Bruce Harper jersey to a No. 6 Mark Sanchez jersey and the fans were not too pleased.
While some may be mourning the retirement of Fireman Ed, one man is taking the opportunity to call his fellow superfan a “wuss” for calling it quits. Miami Dolphins superfan Thomas Phillips aka “Big Papa Pump” took a shot at the Jets fan during an appearance on ”Hochman and Zaslow” on Sports Talk: The Ticket.
“If you’re stepping down because of what you see, getting your butt whupped week-in and week-out and you haven’t been to the Super Bowl since Super Bowl III, that is a wuss. That is a wuss,” said Phillips.
“You don’t back out of your team like that. That’s something you don’t do. You don’t step down from being a superfan. You don’t do that. Fireman Ed, you’re a disgrace, man. This team is looking up to him and this is what he’s telling them? You quit? You just give up? If you’re winning and you quit, it’s another thing. But you’re losing and you quit, that’s even worse.”
He wasn’t done just yet. Big Papa Pump even had some advice and a possible career switch for Fireman Ed.
“You can’t come back. You have to come back as somebody else,” he said. “Maybe he can be Nurse Ed. He can’t come back as Fireman Ed, there’s no way. You can’t welcome him back. How can you trust him?”
Phillips has been a Dolphins season-ticket holder for 17-years. For a South Florida sports fan, his dedication is admirable, so he knows what it takes to stick by his team.
This will sure add some spice to the fan environment at the Jets – Dolphins games.