Since 1975, Ed Anzalone has attended New York Jets games at the Meadowlands, leading chants and making countless appearances on Jumbotrons and television screens.
But, it looks like the world has seen the last of Fireman Ed on their television screens. Anzalone announced in his guest column for Metro New York that he will continue to attend Jets games, but not in his famous getup.
Anzalone was noticeably absent from the second half of the Jets’ beatdown by the Patriots on Thanksgiving night, and addressed his absence in his column on Sunday.
“This was the second time in a row I left before there were four zeroes on the clock. I decided to leave Thursday because the confrontations with other Jets fans have become more common, even though most Jets fans are fantastic.”
While it wasn’t the unflattering score that caused Fireman Ed to leave the game, it seems like other Jets fans have extinguished the most passionate fan of a 4-7 team in history. Given the quarterback controversy continually surrounding the Jets, his decision to wear a new Mark Sanchez jersey surprised Jets loyalists.
“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.”
As a result, Fireman Ed is no more. “I will always love the Jets because they are in my heart, and I will attend games as usual, just not as Fireman Ed.”
Photo via Facebook/Fireman Ed