Ed Anzalone, also known as the New York Jets Superfan Fireman Ed, is hanging up his famous white firefighter’s helmet for good.
Anzalone was seen leaving MetLife Stadium at halftime of the Jets’ 49-19 loss to the Patriots and soon after deleted his twitter account; on Sunday night he announced that he will no longer attend home games as “Fireman Ed”.
Anzalone stated that he was having confrontations with other Jets fans and it was becoming more common; he also cites his loyalty to starting QB Mark Sanchez was the cause of the confrontations. Like Sanchez’s father, Anzalone is a retired firefighter.
The stadium has become divided because of the quarterback controversy,” he claims. “The fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year, and that fans think I am on the payroll — which is an outright lie — have made these confrontations more frequent. Whether it’s in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis.”
Anzalone used to wear Bruce Harper‘s jersey to games, however he switched to Mark Sanchez’s jersey for the 2012 NFL season in support of the quarterback.
Fireman Ed, 53, has been a Jets fan since 1975. He popularized the cheer that’s known around the NFL: “J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!” He was a staple at Jets home games and has been leading the J-E-T-S chant from Section 134 of the Meadowlands since 1986. He always appeared on the JumboTron and often received face time on the game telecast. In September 2009, he received a game ball from head coach Rex Ryan after the Jets upset the Patriots at home.
For the 2012 season opener, he was invited by the team to participate in the pregame ceremony, leading the cheer from midfield of MetLife Stadium.
Written by AG2