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Genius: Pledge Instructed to Root for Pats in SEPTA


Photo by Jhonte Haskins / CC BY 2.0

You may have heard of many pledging horror stories, but none come close to this.

Earlier today, freshman Tyus Redd (W ’21) was instructed by the brothers of Alpha Beta Omicron to go into the SEPTA trolley lines on Spruce Street and root for the New England Patriots as his pledge task.

Eagles fans are some of the most passionate fans in the world, and Redd unfortunately learned that the hard way. Witnesses reported objects being thrown at Redd and lots of heckling before they also joined in on the fun.

“It’s never a good thing to be a bystander, so I thought it would be best if I also helped out with the insults. After all, it's just a worthless Patriots fan,” Eric Daniels, a South Philly native, said.

“Now I really hate Tom Brady," Redd complained. "He ruined my life.” 

When we asked Jonathan Heffernan (C '19), president of Omicron, about why he made Redd engage in such tomfoolery, he gave an honest, fair response.

“When you go out as a Patriots fan on the trolley lines in Philly, you’re really risking it all. It makes you appreciate what you have in life. And above all, it builds character,” he explained. True that.