Jets' Ed Reed Just Found out Fireman Ed Is Gone and He Can't Believe It

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 27, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Ed Reed #22 of the New York Jets, who was just acquired by the team, warms up before NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 17, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Ed Reed is just a little late to the party, so make him feel at home, Gang Green. Oh, and please inform him all about that Fireman Ed guy. 

Larry Brown Sports' Larry Brown spotted a couple of tweets that some New York Jets fans might find amusing. The New York Daily News' Seth Walder procured some words from the Jets safety, who is preparing for just his third game with his new team. 

As you can see, Reed is still getting his bearings around the place. 

As Walder would later remind us, Fireman Ed—real name Ed Anzalone—walked out on the Jets and left his unofficial post as the franchise's most recognizable super fan amid a turbulent season. 

And that's when he took his ability to get the fans "crunked" with him. Not a single game has gone properly crunked since. 

Back in November 2012, Anzalone wrote a Metro column (h/t Larry Brown Sports), spelling out why he wouldn't return to the stadium as his alter ego. 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  New York Jets fan Fireman Ed Anzalone leads the fans in cheers against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

Sure, he may show up now and again to cheer the team, but he wouldn't don the iconic cap, because, as he states, things have changed for the worse: 

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.

It's a sad day when a fan feels the need to walk away from the team, but let's not get melodramatic here. Every team goes through its fair share of rough patches, but we don't need to pretend Peyton Manning just retired. 

Then again, maybe that's how the story seems to Reed, who wonders where that loud guy with the fireman helmet went. 

Oct. 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Fireman Ed gets the crowd going at the game between the New York Jets and the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

At 5-6 and riding a two-game losing skid into their game against Miami, the Jets don't have any hope that Fireman Ed is going to suddenly show up and energize the team. 

That's fine, because Ed Reed is here. He may not be a fireman, but he is quick with some intriguing quips and quotes. 

As The New York Daily News reports, the safety drew some vitriol for daring to offer he had fun in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens recently. 

Well, it's all fun and games, folks. 

It’s football, man. This is a child’s game we play. Football doesn’t change. If you’re not having fun, you might as well leave this game. And that’s why I’ve been playing for so long. Until I stop having fun or the Lord says something different, I’ll be playing this game.

Reed works hard and plays hard in the same game. So perhaps Jets fans can simmer down for a second and take things easier on other fans, no matter which jerseys they decide to wear. 

Maybe Fireman Ed would still be around, and that other Ed might be able to catch a glimpse. 


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