Brandon Marshal Credits the Return of Fireman Ed for the Jets Season-Opening Win
You probably didn’t watch the Jets-Browns game yesterday because that was quite literally the least-appealing matchup of the NFL’s opening Sunday. However, you probably saw that the Jets won 31-10, and you probably assumed it was because the Browns are the one AFC franchise more hilariously inept than the Jets.
That was not the case, though. At least not entirely. Yes, the Browns are an awful, awful football organization. But the Jets also had mojo on their side because Fireman Ed was back in the stands.
If you’re not up to speed on Jets fan lore, Fireman Ed (real name is Eddie Anzalone) is the Jets superfan who led the famous “J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!” chant for years. However, he “retired” after the infamous buttfumble game on Thanksgiving 2012—not out of utter disgust with the Jets, as you would expect, but because the other fans were giving him sh*t because he was wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey.
Last year the Jets asked Fireman Ed to return and lead the J-E-T-S chant once again. But he said no because he still thought the atmosphere at games was too uncivil. However, when they reached out to him again this year with a different proposal—just come back for the opening game to “hand the baton” to a new generation of Jets fans—Fireman Ed agreed.
So he was back yesterday. And the Jets killed the Browns. And guys like Darrelle Revis and Brandon Marshall gave him a lot of credit for the win.
And no, I’m not kidding.
“There was a lot of energy out there, something that I didn’t think we had in preseason. That was Fireman Ed getting us started—I know he’s been gone for a little bit, and we need him. So I hope he’s listening to this because there’s a lot of talk that he’s trying to pass the torch to someone else, but you can’t duplicate that. So we need him to get us going. It’s not just the offense, defense and special teams. We need that 12th man, and it starts with Fireman Ed. So Fireman Ed, don’t pass the torch.”
And here’s Revis, who knows a thing or two about being a prodigal son:
“I want to thank the crowd, I want to thank Fireman Ed for coming back, and just being electrifying again. They played a big part in this game.”
Nice thoughts. Let’s see what they have to say after the next home game, though.