Out with the old and in with the new. The Jets acquired Tim Tebow for draft picks Wednesday, but that was not their only big announcement – Fireman Ed has been relieved of his duties as crowd cheerleader and will be replaced by “Monsignor Joe” next season.
“We spoke to Tim, and he didn’t feel comfortable with a guy named ‘Fireman’ chanting his name. Something about allusions to the Devil,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson. “I tried to reason that Ed put out the fires, but Tim wouldn’t hear it, so I had to give Ed his walking papers.”
Some see the trade as a good football move, but most agree acquiring the much talked about QB was strictly for PR reasons. With the addition of Tebow, the Jets believe they can win back a large sector of the Christian fan base, which they lost after the Rex Ryan foot fiasco.
“To sit here and insinuate that we traded for Tim Tebow to exploit his popularity to help jersey and ticket sales, and try and steal the spotlight from the Super Bowl champions we share a city and a stadium with…” Johnson paused. “Well, that … that’s just blasphemous. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Tim Tebow is a very skilled quarterback with a great … ”
Johnson trailed off again, and simply walked away.
Tebow himself is excited for his new venture and can’t wait to meet his new teammates.
“First of all I would just like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I’m thrilled to be a New York Jet,” the bright-eyed Tebow said. “I’ve long considered jets to be steel angels, so it’s an honor to wear their uniform.”
When asked how he will co-exist with Mark Sanchez, Tebow pondered for a moment before answerin.
“We’ll find a way if we both play to our strengths,” said Tebow. “If you combine our best attributes, you have one pretty gosh darn good quarterback.”