NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Jets’ iconic chant may have some new life after all.
Derek Tabacco, aka “Rescue Man,” was selected to lead MetLife Stadium in “J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!” for Sunday’s opener against the Oakland Raiders. And as you’ll hear, he’s got the goods.
The team launched an online contest last month to find eight fans — one for each home game — to assume the post once manned by Fireman Ed, who stepped down in 2012. Tabacco’s 15-second video submission landed him the gig for Week 1.
“Sunday mornings for me during football season are like Christmas morning,” Tabacco said Friday on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show. “So I kind of made a video of when I wake up in the morning, I jump out of bed and I run from Staten Island on the Turnpike to the stadium. When I get there, I jump on my brother’s shoulders and I do the chant for everybody in the parking lot.”
The 44-year-old Staten Islander said he’s not worried about how the crowd will react.
“Listen, I don’t care,” he said. “We don’t get booed by fellow Jets fans. It’s the opposing fans.”
As for his moniker, Tabacco, who will be leading the chant from Section 118, was front and center in Staten Island’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts as coordinator of the not-for-profit organization Guyon Rescue.
Without further ado, here’s what Rescue Man will be bringing on Sunday: