Remember Fireman Ed? Considered by many to be the biggest and perennial voice of the New York Jets at home, Ed has been retired for a few years now. In addition to retiring from leading all those stadium chants to root the Jets on to victory, he also retired from firefighting and is just taking it easy. The Jets actually wanted to see if any interest was still lingering for Ed to make a triumphant return.
A few months ago, the Jets took Ed out for a bite to eat in hopes of bringing him back into the mix. While he appreciated the good gesture by the organization, he shot them and any hopes down of a return. The Jets are in an interesting situation this year as they’ve finally spent a good amount of money this past free agency and are ready to return back into playoff contention. The team believes it should have what it takes to compete this season and would love to have him back to help lead the cause at every home game this upcoming season.
While one respects his decision to stay ultimately retired from the Jets, it also leaves much to wonder if he could have made a difference this season by creating a much better atmosphere at home. Everyone knows the “12th Man” worked wonders for the Seattle Seahawks last season, and the Jets would have loved to replicate such a fan frenzy at home spearheaded by Ed. Unfortunately, at least for now, it looks like no such reunion will happen.
Ed definitely made the wrong decision to not return, because this could very well be the year the Jets finally turn things around and play some quality football. They will need all the help they can get, especially from their loyal fans at home. Sure, they might have some question marks in their defensive secondary, but at least on the offensive side of the team the wheels are in motion to score plenty of touchdowns on the ground. It will finally add a dynamic that the Jets needed at home and want to give the fans plenty to cheer for.
Due to Ed’s decision to stay retired, the Jets have decided to hold a contest with season ticket holders to crown a new super fan that will debut this season. While it will be incredibly hard for a new voice of the fans to replace everything that embodies what Ed brought to the table, it will be a great opportunity for someone new. That way, this new leader of the fans can start things fresh this season while bringing in a new atmosphere and character to MetLife Stadium.
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