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Fireman Ed gives comically delusional interview about ‘J-E-T-S’ chant


With the news that the New York Jets were moving on without him following his “retirement” last year as the team’s resident superfan, Metro New York reached out to the man, the myth, the legend to inquire about his feelings about how the team intend to implement a new plan in order to keep the “J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!” chant he once so passionately led during home games.

Fireman Ed decided to retire after he felt mistreated by some Jets fans, including some alleged unfortunate confrontations during games.

But the man who goes by Ed Anzalone in the real world has moved on. Fireman Ed as we knew and loved him no more but  Anzalone remains a Jets fan.

“I left Fireman Ed, I didn’t leave as a Jets fan,” Anzalone said. “I’m still going to the games but I will never leave them.” Good to know.

He also insists that the chant wasn’t ever supposed to revolve around him, saying, “It wasn’t about me, it never was,” but his words sure indicate otherwise.

In statements that were somewhat delusional and borderline absurd, Fireman Ed claims that he’s happy the Jets will continue the chant.

“I just want to see the ‘J-E-T-S’ chant continue,” said Fireman Ed. “What I’d really like to see — I’d like to see a young guy take over and do it his way and continue the Jets chant whatever way that might be. I did what I wanted to do. I tried to make a difference. It wasn’t about me, it never was.”

Nope, not at all.

But have no fear, Jets Nation, if the team would come groveling and begging for him to return, he may consider coming out of retirement. Anzalone says the team reached out to him to break the bad news about the new chant plan, and that’s when he left the door open to a possible return.

“They called me just to let me know what their intentions were. I did get asked if I would come back [in the role] and they knew I wasn’t going to come back. It’s just the way it is. But I will always love them, and down the line who knows? I wouldn’t come back on a consistent basis but if you needed me for a big game, who knows?”

But the kicker in the interview is how Fireman Ed somehow manages to equate his previous role as a chant-leading superfan with how just “like any athlete,” he just wanted “to go out on top.”

“It’s definitely different not doing it. When you’re able to get 80,000 people up — and I was fortunate enough to do that — and not being able to do that, it’s tough, it’s definitely tough. I’d be lying to say that I left the way I wanted to leave. I left because it was time but that wasn’t the way I wanted to go out. I wanted to go out like any athlete; you always want to go out on top. I wanted to win a championship and go down the Canyon of Heroes.”

Alrighty then. Good luck with all that, Fireman Ed. But did he go out on top? That’s the question that no one other than Fireman Ed really cares to consider.

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