New York Jets news, commentary and insider info from beat writer Kimberley A. Martin.
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"Fireman Ed" finally speaks.
Ed Anzalone -- the Jets' most recognizable fan -- said his decision to leave Thursday night's 49-19 blowout loss to New England at halftime had nothing to do with the lopsided score.
"I decided to leave Thursday because the confrontations with other Jets fans have become more common, even though most Jets fans are fantastic." Fireman Ed, who left at halftime with the Jets trailing 35-3 and later deleted his Twitter account, wrote in a guest column in Metro New York.
"...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."
Anzalone went on to say "I will always love the Jets because they are in my heart" and that he will attend games as usual "just not as Fireman Ed."