November 25, 2012 8:58 PM by Smash
Metro – For 26 years now, Ed Anzalone has gotten transformed eight Sundays out of the year into “Fireman Ed,” the most iconic football fan in the nation. Anzalone, sitting atop his brother’s shoulders, his image displayed on the stadium’s big screens, leads the green-clad crowd in the “J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!”
The franchise will turn to a new era on Dec. 2 when the Jets host the Cardinals, as he will be “Fireman Ed” no more.
“Listen, I went through the Rich Kotite era — we were 4-28 in that era. Any Jets fan knows this isn’t the worst of times; it isn’t close,” Anzalone told Metro. “It’s been about the nastiness. I just think society in general — you’re out in your car there’s no respect at all. I don’t want to put up with that from people taking it out on me anymore.”
Anzalone said fans have gotten nasty and confrontational with him, often mistaking him as part of the organization when he is merely a season ticket holder “who has never received a dime from this team.”
So this is how it ends for Fireman Ed, huh? Let me start with this: As a Giants fan, I have always DESPISED him. The face of the Jets being a loud, obnoxious dickhead. I mean, I respect the hell out of his dedication. How he’s not on suicide watch is beyond me. Guy toughed it out through a span of 4-28 record and decides to throw in the towel now? I’m sure he does get a SHIT LOAD of Jets fans blaming him and what not, but you can’t even finish out the season?
So what’s next? Just gonna sit in your seats quietly? No way you can do that. Fans are gonna expect it and you’re not gonna bring it. That’s a fucking disappointment. You should at least hold some tryouts or something for the next “Fireman Ed.” Shit, wouldn’t surprise me if SNY picked it up for a reality series.
My money is on Fireman Ed Favreing it. He’ll go home, see that hemet sitting on the shelf collecting dust and get back out there. Either that or it will be used solely in role play.