Fireman Ed resigns as Jets unofficial mascot due to fan confrontations | Bob's Blitz

Fireman Ed resigns as Jets unofficial mascot due to fan confrontations

Edwin M. Anzalone, better known as Fireman Ed, left the Jets Thanksgiving Day massacre at halftime and then deleted his Twitter accounts. This was big news. Oft-reported and oft-reported that his sole reason for doing so was because the team is so bad. Ed wrote a guest column for Metro and explained the real reason he's left his unofficial team perch:

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!

So the New York Jets can't keep obnoxious New York Jets fans from accosting the New York Jets' most famous fan? You enjoy bringing your kids to that upcoming Cardinals game.

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