Say hello to Major Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bucs QB and Civil War pen pal

Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!

Belle Montgomery

2nd Lieutenant
Oct 25, 2017

Major Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buccaneers quarterback, prolific writer of letters to "Dearest Liza." [Photo from @MajorRyanFitz on Twitter]

You’ve probably heard about the #FitzMagic phenomenon by now, but are you following Major Ryan Fitzpatrick’s dispatches from the front lines of the NFL circa 1862?

Months before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup-turned-temporary (but also maybe not temporary) starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led his team to a 2-0 start, throwing for eight touchdowns and running for a ninth, some kind of crystal-ball Twitter sage created @MajorRyanFitz.

Capitalizing on Fitzpatrick’s 19th century-ish beard, the account turns the QB into a Civil War-era military officer who is fond of writing letters to his “dearest Liza.”

The account’s first tweet came all the way back on July 31, when Major Ryan Fitzpatrick announced the news that head coach Dirk Koetter would be naming him starter for week one against the Saints while Jameis Winston served out his suspension thusly:

"My Dearest Liza, I received favorable news from General Koetter last week. I have been promoted to lead the men in a battle to New Orleans. We have begun preparations. We have training skirmishes planned through the month. I will write more soon.

“Lovingly Yours, Ryan”

Now the 35-year-old Fitzpatrick’s unexpected success and postgame locker room jokes have made him one of the biggest stories in the NFL, and Major Ryan Fitzpatrick is quickly picking up followers, totaling more than 3,700 of them by this morning.
REST OF ARTICLE (including funny tweets)
Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!