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Fireman Ed walks out on J-E-T-S for good

November 26, 2012|By Chuck Schilken

Fireman Ed has called it quits on the New York Jets, whose fans will have to find someone else to lead them in the famous "J-E-T-S  Jets! Jets! Jets!" chant now that the well-known superfan is hanging up his helmet.

Jets fan Ed Anzalone, however, will continue attending the games -- he just won't be wearing his signature helmet or leading the cheer that he and his brother are said to have started back in the 1980s.

In a guest editorial published by Metro New York on Sunday, Anzalone said he left the last two Jets games early, something he had never done before, because of the increasing frequency of confrontations with other fans.

"Although I can 'hold my own,' I do not want to lose my temper and make a stupid mistake. I have a responsibility to the families and kids that enjoy the game and Fireman Ed," wrote Anzalone, who was a New York City firefighter for two decades, according to Metro.

He added: "I will always love the Jets because they are in my heart, and I will attend games as usual, just not as Fireman Ed. God bless and, as always, let’s go Jets!"

Well, that's fine for Anzalone, but what about all those Jets fans who will miss seeing a grown man in costume spelling things out with his body?

No problem. This one goes out to all those depressed Fireman Ed fans out there. Enjoy!

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