BY CHRISTINE VALDEZ
For the New York Jets their Thanksgiving holiday didn't go so well following their loss to their division rivals the New England Patriots as one of their well known supporters has decided to step down.
Following the Jets Thursday night thanksgiving loss to the Patriots, long-time Jets fan Ed Anzalone, better known as Fireman Ed, announced on Sunday that he will no longer go to Jets games as Fireman Ed, according to Yahoo Sports.
In his guest column with Metro New York Anzalone announced that he will no longer appear at the Jets home games as “Fireman Ed” due to altercations with other Jets fans over his decision to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey.
“This is an indication of how society has lost and it is continuing to lose respect for one another,” said Anzalone is his column with Metro New York. “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 an on the payroll – which is an outright lie – have made these confrontations more frequent.”
Anzalone also mentioned that the confrontations occur in various areas of the stadium.
“Whether ir’s in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis,” said Anzalone.
According to CBS Sports, Anzalone left Thursday night’s game prior to halftime for the same reasons he is leaving his “fireman Ed” persona behind.
“I decided to leave Thursday because the confrontations with other Jets fans have become more common, even though most Jets fans are fantastic,” said Anzalone in his column.
Over the years Anzalone became known as Fireman Ed since he was a former New York Fire fighter according to Yahoo Sports. Anzaline led the “J-E-T-S, Jets Jets Jets” chants during Jets home games wearing a Jets Jersey and a fireman helmet.
Although he leaves his Fireman Ed persona behind, Anzalone mentions he will continue to attend games just not as Fireman Ed.
“I will always love the Jets because they are in my heart, and I will attend games as usual, just not as Fireman Ed,” said Anzalone in his column.