I don't watch the show, but I do remember Ed fairly well from when he was a handball player at my gym.
What I really liked about him was what a nice, regular sort of guy he seemed. I was a racketball player and marveled at how nice he was compared to the rest of the handball players! They were totally ruthless, especially when it came to getting us off their court.
Mr. O' Neill, however, was alwys respecttful and polite. A total gentleman. He was so NOT Al Bundy!