TROY, N.Y. – The Troy Fighting Irish, a semi-pro football team from the Collar City, is on their way to win their fifth consecutive Northeast Football Alliance Championships, all for one of their teammates.
The team has won four titles, and while their feat is impressive, it is the meaning being their new slogan that is driving the team and making headlines.
The slogan, 'Five for Flip', is being used by the Fighting Irish for the team’s starting quarterback Jahmel 'Flip' Tarver. Tarver has been in a coma since January after complications arose from an Achilles tendon surgery.
Irish defensive back and wide receiver, Michael Asamoah, has played with Tarver in high school and semi-professionally. He said he looks up to Tarver like a brother.
Asamoah says he never thought his friend would be in the position he is in now.
“You hate to say it but, like, it's not supposed to happen to somebody like him and I honestly truly feel that in my heart. Like I said, he's a good person. He would do anything for anybody. So, seeing somebody that you know is a good person go through something like this, it's heartwrenching,” said Asamoah.