Fireman Ed fires up the fans at Metlife Stadium. (Oct....

Fireman Ed fires up the fans at Metlife Stadium. (Oct. 17, 2011) Credit: John Dunn

In the absence of the recently canceled Hank Williams Jr., the honor of opening last night's "Monday Night Football" telecast on ESPN went to noted Jets fan Fireman Ed Anzalone.

Anzalone was shown approaching a microphone on an empty stage -- at the Williams Art Center theater in Rutherford, N.J. -- and saying the following, with increasing passion, over a series of Jets-related video images:

"Listen up, America: Since 1975, I've been bleeding green and white. What does that mean? It means we've been through it all, the ups and the downs. For us, no matter what, we're there.

"And now's the time to take a stand, look to the coach and the kid against one of our bitter rivals, because this is our house, our New York, the brash and the bravado, the sweat and the pain.

"We're here to do one thing: Win it all, 'cause we're not only proud, we are the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!"

By the end, the stage behind Fireman Ed was occupied by a marching band carrying flags of the Jets and the United States. It appeared everyone involved was ready for some football.

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