Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!
No, it’s Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan.
Six months after the former New York Jets coach received a welcome befitting Superman upon joining the Bills, Ryan will participate in a tandem parachute jump with the U.S. Army “Golden Knights” Parachute Team in Niagara Falls this Friday.
The parachute team is taking part in the 2015 Thunder of Niagara Airshow this weekend, and officials at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station announced that the event will kick off with a tandem jump featuring Ryan.
The press release from the Air Force Reserve’s 914th Airlift Wing did not explain why Ryan decided to jump from an airplane, which, veterans of the practice can tell you, is even scarier than the Bills quarterback depth chart.
NFL head coaches do not routinely jump out of airplanes. In fact, it is difficult to imagine coaching legends such as Bill Belichik or Tom Landry doing so.
That being the case, perhaps it is no surprise that the press release announced that the Golden Knights “will be performing in front of an anticipated record breaking crowd.”
The press release did not mention the specific time of Ryan’s leap, although it announced a pre-jump press conference with the coach at 9 a.m. and post-jump interviews at 11:30 a.m.
The Golden Knights are the Army’s only official parachute demonstration team, although the Air Force and Navy have similar parachutists who participate in air shows.
The press release explained that the Golden Knights had earned their nickname by doing something that Ryan has not done, at least not yet: won a world championship.
“On October 15, 1962 the team earned the nickname the ‘Golden Knights’ on the competition field of battle – golden, signifying the gold medals the team had won; Knights, proving that they were world champions and the fact that the team had ‘conquered the skies’,” the press release said.