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Former Steeler fan John Simon “burned” his Terrible Towel

Street Talk Former Steeler fan John Simon “burned” his Terrible Towel

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49+ Comments lil' wayne of gb md says ravens org. are the # 1 in the business . 2 super bowls ,5years of play off football .simon says see ya steeler nation.
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There are many die-hard sports fans out there, but few and far between actually possess the talent to have a chance to professionally play for their favorite franchise. On the flip side, that means they also have the chance to play for someone they grew up rooting against for most of their childhood.

This is the story of John Simon, a fourth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens and childhood Pittsburgh Steelers die-hard.

“I really didn’t have a choice, I was born into it,” Simon said, trying his best to make it clear he didn’t want to offend any of the Ravens faithful. “I always respected the Ravens because they were always almost the same team [as the Steelers].”

It may be difficult for a Ravens fan to stomach, but Simon is a former owner of one of Myron Cope’s Terrible Towels. He assures us that not only his towel, but every other piece of Steelers paraphernalia has since been removed from his home since being drafted by the Ravens in in April.

“Burned them. They’re all gone,” Simon said in reference to his towel.

With Simon on the Ravens payroll to the tune of a four-year, $2.5 million deal, he certainly has an obligation to the franchise and he did everything possible in our discussion to make that perfectly clear. Simon also stressed that his family has since shed their allegiance to the black and gold.

“I hope not, because I’m their son,” Simon laughingly said when asked about if his family would possibly keep their allegiance to the Steelers. “They’re Ravens fans now. I hope they’re going to root for wherever I go and cheer me on. That’s what they’ve done their whole lives and I appreciate them for that.”

Though, don’t expect Simon’s family to march into Heinz Field dressed head to toe in Ravens jerseys and purple camouflage pants. According to Simon, they’re not scared – just bland.

“I don’t know if my family is a bunch of big jersey-wearers,” he said. “We’re very bland, maybe just a Ravens logo on the chest or something. Whatever they want, I’ll try to accommodate it.”

Most Ravens fans, including myself, have practically crucified fans for being fair-weather and jumping on the bandwagon of a championship team. With Simon and his family, we should all certainly understand his situation and welcome them to Charm City with open arms – even if you want to hurl knowing that a potential Ravens pass rushing superstar has twirled a Terrible Towel around his head a time or two.

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Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series Goobvision propelled his career and notoriety amongst Ravens fans, even helping him win the 2010 nationwide DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan contest. He's been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Sirius XM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, Sirius XM's MadDog Radio, The Michael Irvin Show, Tony Bruno Show, Two Live Stews and FoxSports.com to name a few (or is that a lot?). He's caught a touchdown pass from Warren Moon during a flag football game and hates the Pittsburgh Steelers more than anyone else on the face of the earth. Twitter: RavenManiac  More from Kris Jones
45 comments
lil' wayne of gb md
lil' wayne of gb md

ravens org. are the # 1 in the business . 2 super bowls ,5years of play off football .simon says see ya steeler nation.

captain dobey
captain dobey

Hahaha, curse of the TT - it aint nothing but a meaningless tale. Just remember how it was stressed when rice had it around his head - the curse would strike him and/or ravens. Ultimately, in the superdome the curse revealed its true nature - put some rings on some fingers.

Michael
Michael

Nothing but respect for the Ravens. As a Steelers fan, I look forward to the games against the Ravens. Two of the best games in the entire season....by any of the teams. See you this fall....

Steelhead
Steelhead

Disrespecting the Terrible Towel is NOT good Karma may bite you in the a$$ Simon

Dirty Dean
Dirty Dean

STILLERS! You can't have a nation with only 2 Super Bowls. Get more and we'll talk

Raven fan!
Raven fan!

Welcome to Raven Country Simon family!!!!!!!

Ratbirds Blow
Ratbirds Blow

Here we go Steelers, Here we go! Screw the ratbirds!

East Endzone
East Endzone

Lot of squeeler fans on our site. Funny how quick they gave up on their team.

Money Talks
Money Talks

Let's get one thing straight...its all about the $$$$. Think he'd go to the Steelers if they offered him less? Doubt it....

Got blood
Got blood

Screw the damn RatBirds. He'll be wishing he never burned the towel when he's sitting on the couch with the rest of his family watching the Big Bad Steelers claim ring #7

Carl
Carl

Now you will have the curse of the terrible towel on your back you JAG!

ed
ed

Such stupid people... And if your career with the Ravens doesn't pan out and the Steelers are interested, do you than cry foul? You just shown me, you're pretty stupid

LOL
LOL

And we know his parents are still Steelers fans.. on the inside. Once a fan, ALWAYS a fan. It is born into us. Black and Gold -- I luv ya !

Steelers47
Steelers47

Ah the ravens home of homicidal maniacs

Big Perm
Big Perm

That towel has to be the dumbest thing in sports. Good work my man! Welcome to greatness.

gene
gene

GREAT GREAT MAN!!!!!!! Best thing in the world is hearing of burning a Steelers crap rag!

g money
g money

This article is awesome. John Simon is my new favorite player. Burn that stupid towel!

DarthSizzle55
DarthSizzle55

there is never a more purifying force than fire.

Here We Go Again
Here We Go Again

“I always respected the Ravens because they were always almost the same team [as the Steelers].” Well, it's good to know the Ravens were always *almost* the same team [as the Steelers].

cbay52
cbay52

So we got an ex-Browns fan and ex-Steelers fan both in the same round? Need an ex-Bengal fan and we'll get the hat trick.

John
John

It may have took them a while but the got it right. Welcome to #RavensNation

Mike Lurz
Mike Lurz

We all make bad decisions in our youth...at least he was fortunate to catch it before he got too old

texassteel
texassteel

The ravens are still the browns. And this year they will show it.

Andy
Andy

True Steeler fans bleed Black and Gold. The blood will never leave you.!

Rocketman
Rocketman

Towels are so dumb that the Ravens keep trying to hand purple one out at games. Real men don't wear purple!

LOL
LOL

Yeah, the towel is so worse than the "Who Let the Dogs Out?" song. Amazing how Ravens fans are blind to tradition.

Jon
Jon

To put that into perspective, I feel for you if that's your opinion of the best thing in the world....Just sayin.

chuck
chuck

i would never burn the towel . for there is a story behind it about helping kids

LOL
LOL

HUH? I guess you've never been baptized?

LOL
LOL

Funny how no one is a Ravens fan growing up.

raven
raven

Bengals fans are MUCH harder to find, even in Ohio.

chuck
chuck

ravensnation come on get real and create something else instead of copyinh off the steelers nation

Rumor Ray
Rumor Ray

However, Most so called "true fans" of the stillers have no idea of the history of the team. Unless you live in Pittsburgh you should not call yourself a "true Fan". Due to the uncapped game and the championships in the 70s the fan base grew nationwide in areas that had no local team. Since the team was able to stay successful most seasons since those fans children stayed fans. However, when I talk to these "true fans" who bleed black and gold or "yellow" I have always found little knowledge of the team. Trust me ... you all can keep that blood ....

Bigben
Bigben

Rocketboy, "Real men don't wear purple!"......look at you!???? Yellow is a cowards color!

Rumor Ray
Rumor Ray

TO LOL FYI ... The first Fans to wave anything at a game was Baltimore COLT Fans! Back in the days when fans wore Suits and Ties to the games. Men had white handkerchiefs and would wave them to show support. The Steeler fans are following a Baltimore Tradition. Know your facts before you TROLL other sites. Thank You and "DON'T BE A JERK"

bmore angela
bmore angela

I always been a ravens fan born and rasied in Baltimore live right by our stadium bmore body

nc bengal
nc bengal

THEY ARE MORE PLENTIFUL THAN U THINK TOUGH GUY

michael T.
michael T.

I don't care, that is some funny shnick right there!!!!!

bmore angela
bmore angela

why would u put that on our ravens page we don't don't wanna see that

chuck
chuck

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of The Terrible Towel(TM) benefits Allegheny Valley School in Pittsburgh, one of the largest providers of care for people with mental retardation in the state of Pennsylvania

Rocketman
Rocketman

Real men don't wear purple. Sorry about your luck Simon!

sjgmusic
sjgmusic

Yes that hideous silly little bumblebee outfit yellow and black they wear now is real manly

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