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New York Jets Superfan Fireman Ed, an Unofficial Mascot of the Team, Has Retired

Fireman Ed Anzalone New York Jets Mascot

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

 

Is this rock bottom for the New York Jets?

They’ve lost their fair share of players to injuries, as well as their fair share of games. Now it appears that they’ve lost their unofficial mascot, Fireman Ed (above, #42 ), the superfan who’s known for the famous J! E! T! S! chant.

Ed Anzalone, a retired New York City firefighter, has been getting Jets fans on their feet for over 25 years, since the days of Shea Stadium, but after the Jets’ brutal Week 12 loss, he’s decided that enough is enough.

Anzalone penned a farewell letter to the fans in Metro New York, saying that while he’ll always be a fan for life, the time has come for him to step down from his post in Section 124 of MetLife Stadium.

He indicated that unprovoked confrontations with fans, presumably over Ed’s decision to wear Mark Sanchez‘s jersey at games this season, took its toll over recent weeks, and that was a big part of his decision to call it quits.

This is an indication of how society has lost and is continuing to lose respect for one another.

The stadium has become divided because of the quarterback controversy as well.

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.

Despite Fireman Ed’s decision to leave his firefighter hat at home, that doesn’t mean he’s done as a fan.

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!

It’s been a strange season for the Jets. Not having their superfan to lead their famous chant is the cherry on top.

For a team short on tradition, they lose something unique to them that had been embraced by many fans.

Win, lose or draw, these Jets are never boring. But at this point, maybe boring would be an improvement.

Jon Presser is RantSports.com’s New York Jets Lead Columnist 
Follow him on Twitter @metsjetsnets88
Contact him at metsjetsnets88@gmail.com