NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Retired Jets superfan “Fireman Ed” Anzalone won’t rule out leading the iconic “J-E-T-S” chant again at MetLife Stadium.
He just woudn’t do it “on a consistent basis.”
“I did get asked if I would come back and they knew I wasn’t going to come back,” Fireman Ed told Metro on Thursday. “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?”
New York recently mapped out its plan for life after Fireman Ed: each section of the stadium will be responsible for a letter in the chant.
“I don’t know if it will work. Would I like to see it work? I’d like to see it work,” Fireman Ed said. “I’d like to see it continue. Maybe it will go back (and) forth in the end zones like years ago. Jets fans are so passionate, so many of them are great and love the chant. I’m sure it will figure itself out. I was honored to do it as long as I did. When I die, my blood will be green. I can never knock the Jets. I’m not going to do it. I just want to see it continue. However it might be, I hope it continues.”
Though he retired as the team’s unofficial mascot toward the end of last year’s disappointing 6-10 season, Anzalone insisted he’d still be going to games and rooting on Gang Green.
“It’s definitely different not doing it,” he told Metro. “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.”
Anzalone said he’d “like to see a young guy take over and do it his way.”
“I just want to see the ‘J-E-T-S’ chant continue,” he said. “I did what I wanted to do. I tried to make a difference. It wasn’t about me, it never was.”
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