Fireman Ed, Who Is “Not A Quitter,” Is Quitting Retiring
Dylan Murphy 10:44 am, November 26th, 2012
Ed Anzalone, also known as Jets No. 1 cheerleader "Fireman Ed", is hanging up the pom poms. In a statement released yesterday, Anzalone cited the loss of "respect" among Jets fans as reason for his quitting retirement. Though he will still attend games, he will no longer lead the "J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!" chant nor sit in the same section. Also, he's not a quitter who did not quit Twitter.
"On Thanksgiving night, I left the Jets game before halftime. This was the second time in a row I left before there were four zeroes on the clock. We have had much worse teams than this and I never left before. I pride myself in that, because I am not a quitter.
I decided to leave Thursday because the confrontations with other Jets fans have become more common, even though most Jets fans are fantastic.
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.
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.
I have enjoyed my time in chanting the greatest chant in all of sports. I have enjoyed meeting all the wonderful Jets fans around the world and look forward to the day we all can raise the Lombardi Trophy as one and celebrate a world championship down the Canyon of Heroes!
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!"