Fireman Ed

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Ed Anzalone
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Ed at a Jets Championship Rally of the 2009 playoffs 1-21-10 in Times Square.
Born (1959-09-19) September 19, 1959 (age 55)
College Point, NY
Occupation New York City Firefighter

Edwin M. Anzalone (born September 19, 1959),[1] better known as Fireman Ed, is a former superfan of the New York Jets, although he was a fan of the Miami Dolphins until the age of 10.[2][3] One of the most well known National Football League fans, he rose to prominence by appearing on many local radio shows.[4][5][6] He was not the creator of the famous chant, "J-E-T-S, Jets!, Jets!, Jets!" [7] which originally was led by two retired NYPD Jet fans - alternating from one end zone to the other end zone, in the upper deck only.[8][9] An actual New York City firefighter, Fireman Ed was injured on the job in 2007.[10] During the butt fumble game, a rout of the Jets by the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving night 2012, Anzalone left the game before halftime, saying that he will no longer lead cheers at Jet games as Fireman Ed.[11]

Fandom[edit]

Anzalone used to wear Bruce Harper's jersey to games,[12][13] however he switched to Mark Sanchez's jersey for the 2012 NFL season season in support of the quarterback, and has been leading the J-E-T-S chant from Section 134 of the Meadowlands since 1986. He used to be hoisted up on the shoulders of his brother Frank, then later onto those of Bruce Gregor after Frank developed knee problems.[14] In 1999, Fireman Ed was included in an exhibit at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the Hall of Fans.[15]

On September 25, 2009, Fireman Ed was given a game ball from the Jets Week 2 victory over the New England Patriots.[16] On December 30, 2009, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson claimed he would imitate Fireman Ed if he scores a touchdown in his next game against the Jets, on January 3, 2010.[17] The day after the Bengals' loss in Week 17, Johnson got in contact with Fireman Ed through Twitter and provided him with a VIP package for the Jets first round playoff game at Cincinnati, as a way to make up for the "trash-talking" that occurred before the game. Though he was appreciative of the offer he declined, on the moral ground that he did not think it was right to be flown out to the game by the opposing team. He did however say that if the Jets made him an offer he would take them up on it, though no offer was made.[18] On November 22, 2012 during a Thanksgiving night Jets blowout 49–19 loss to the New England Patriots, Ed left at halftime and deleted his Twitter account.[19] As of November 25, 2012 Fireman Ed has stepped down as the self-proclaimed mascot of the NY Jets, stating he will attend games but not in character.

Controversy[edit]

On August 16, 2010, during a Monday Night Football Giants vs. Jets pre-season game, Fireman Ed's inaugural Jets chant in the New Meadowlands Stadium was interrupted by a Giants fan who raised his Giants hat while Fireman Ed's fellow Jets fans stood by. Fireman Ed repeatedly shoved the fan before the fan was escorted away from Ed's chanting post.[20] The Giants fan was later removed from the game. Fireman Ed was charged with simple assault for the incident,[21] but the charges were later dropped.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Anzalone has been a resident of East Rutherford, New Jersey.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dyer, Kristian (2009-12-27). "Pilgrimage: A farewell to Giants". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  2. ^ Pressman, Stacey (2003-04-21), To date, or not to date, ESPN.com, retrieved 2007-09-19 
  3. ^ Lange, Randy (2005). Stadium Stories: New York Jets. Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 0-7627-3783-2. 
  4. ^ Greenberg, Jay (2006-10-23). "PLAYOFFS STARTIN' TO ADD UP". Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  5. ^ Berger, Ken (2004-10-21). "Martin, secondary spark the Jets". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  6. ^ Soshnick, Scott (2006-03-23). "U.S. Pro Sports Fans Don't Know What a Fan Is". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  7. ^ Murphy, Brian. "Here's to you, New York". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  8. ^ "Where did the JETS chant come from?". Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  9. ^ Bromberg, Greg. "Most Fierce NFL Mascot Competition: Fireman Ed vs. T.D.". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  10. ^ "About Us". Firemaned.net. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  11. ^ Hanzus, Dan (2012-11-26). "Fireman Ed quits as New York Jets' unofficial mascot". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  12. ^ Baumbach, Jim (2007-12-15). "Where are they now: Jets returner Bruce Harper". Newsday. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  13. ^ Waszak, Dennis (2009-09-25). "Jets give Fireman Ed game ball from win over Pats". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  14. ^ Powers, Ian (2010-01-24). "Die-hard New York Jets supporter Bruce 'The Base' Gregor is the man the beneath J-E-T-S chant". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  15. ^ Florence, Mal (1999-01-22). "You Have to Be Fan of Absurdity to Make This Hall". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  16. ^ Associated Press (2009-09-25). "Jets give Fireman Ed game ball". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  17. ^ "Ochocinco promises new routine". ESPN.com. 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  18. ^ "Ocho Cinco (@OGOchoCinco) op Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  19. ^ Notes:Where art Ed? Jane McManus, ESPN Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  20. ^ Duffy, Paula (2010-08-17). "New York Jets Superfan, Fireman Ed Shows His Angry Side". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  21. ^ Benoit, Andy (2010-09-22). "Fireman Ed Charged with Assault of Giants Fan". cbssports. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  22. ^ McShane, Larry (2010-10-28). "Jets fan Fireman Ed cleared of assault as Giants fan Christopher Black drops charges". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  23. ^ Conor Orr (September 23, 2010). "Jets fan 'Fireman Ed' Anzalone could face assault charge in wake of incident involving Giants fan". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2012-12-11. Anzalone, a 51-year-old retired New York City firefighter now residing in East Rutherford, serves as an unofficial figurehead in the Jets fan section. 

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