Confrontational Jets' fans force Fireman Ed into retirement

Fireman Ed hangs up the helmet

11/26/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Sept. 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Fireman Ed gets the fans going before the game between the New York Jets and the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIREIf you've paid the slightest bit of attention to NFL football at any point over the past 25 years, you probably know the New York Jets' iconic mascot, Fireman Ed. Unlike many mascots, Fireman Ed is not down on the field running around as an entertainer, but is in the stands firing up the crowd and leading one of the sports world's greatest chants - "J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!"

The Jets have had quite the up and down season this year, often either blowing out opponents or being blown out themselves. With a 4-7 record, many Jets fans have been calling for changes at the organization's high-profile positions - head coach, general manager, quarterback, etc. However, this is not the worst Jets team in recent years. The Jets went 4-12 in both 2007 and 2005, and had their worst season as an NFL franchise back in 1996 when they finished 1-15.

Despite the fact that Fireman Ed has been around for worse teams than the 2012 Jets, he left the Jets' past two games early for the first time in his long career as a fan. Fireman Ed didn't leave the game because Mark Sanchez ran full speed into his own player and fumbled the football, nor did he leave because the Patriots put up three touchdowns on the Jets in 53 seconds. Fireman Ed left the game early because of confrontational Jets fans.

There has been a lot to argue about with the Jets this season - the controversy surrounding Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow being the most common debate. Jets fans have apparently began to take their anger out on their ringleader, who decided to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey to games this season (this is the first season he's worn anything but a Bruce Harper jersey to a Jets' game since 1986). "Whether it's in the stands, the bathroom, or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis," Fireman Ed said.

One of sports' all-time most passionate fans, Fireman Ed will continue to go to Jets' games, but simply as Ed - no longer will he wear the fireman helmet or lead the crowd into a J-E-T-S frenzy.

"I have enjoyed my time in chanting the greatest chant in all of sports," Ed said. "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."
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11/26/12   |   Pat   |   5146 respect

In case you can't tell, I can't stand this guy. I'm glad he's too much of a coward to continue his obnoxious act.

11/26/12   |   Pat   |   5146 respect

Technically speaking, he's not a mascot. He's just a self-important d-bag who just "retired" from a position that never existed. Anyone could do what he did. All it takes is complete lack of self-awareness and a few beers to lower the inhibitions.