Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
In maybe the funniest news around the mess that is the New York Jets franchise, unofficial mascot, and former Miami Dolphins fan, Fireman Ed has decided to "resign" from his "role" with the team. Edwin Anzalone has decided that, due to repeated confrontations with the team's own fans, he will no longer attend games as "Fireman Ed." The rest of the NFL just laughs.
Fireman Ed will no longer be Fireman Ed. I guess Rex Ryan will have Tim Tebow doing that, too.— Peyton's Head (@PeytonsHead) November 26, 2012
Oh no. Fireman Ed "stepped down." (from what? Not sure) Who will now creep out America while ridiculously presuming to be part of the team.— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) November 26, 2012
For the record, Beadle is a Jets fan.
Fireman Ed quitting his act because too many #Jets fans were being belligerent idiots is just way too perfect for words.— Ken LaVicka (@KLV760) November 26, 2012
Fireman Ed quitting is the best news Jets fans have had all year.— gregg rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) November 26, 2012
Way to go, Fireman Ed. Now how are Jets fans supposed to know how to spell "Jets"?— Peyton's Head (@PeytonsHead) November 26, 2012
Fireman Ed resigns as, well, Fireman Ed. metro.us/newyork/sports…— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 26, 2012
New York Jets "mascot" and all around annoying figure "Fireman Ed" has decided to "resign" from his game day persona. (Can you resign from something you made up?)
From his article explaining his decision, which you can find by clicking the link in the Ian Raroport tweet above, Ed explains that the reason for his "resignation" is that the Jets' fans take the "CL" out of "Class":
"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.
"Although I can 'hold my own,' I do not want to lose my temper and make a stupid mistake. I have a responsibility to the families and kids that enjoy the game and Fireman Ed."
Fireman Ed, whose real name is Edwin Anzalone, says he will continue to attend Jets games, just not as his annoying "J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets" chanting self.
The rest of the NFL thanks you.