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.