Fireman Ed retired from his post with the Jets in 2012.
Chants of "J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!" will be in full force on Sunday as Fireman Ed is set for a return to MetLife Stadium per ESPN's Rich Cimini. After retiring from his role as a Jets superfan in 2012, Sunday will mark Edwin Anzalone's second showing at MetLife Stadium, and his first since 2015.
The “J-E-T-S!” cheer will be back at MetLife tomorrow. Legendary Fireman Ed, who “retired” from role in 2012, tells ESPN he will dust off his helmet + 42 jersey for #Jets home opener. Wants provide an “old-school jump start” in a one-day cameo, starting 30 mins before kickoff.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 15, 2018
Fireman Ed was a famous figure for the Jets faithful prior to his retirement, popularizing the "J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!" chant often heard during New York home games. He received a game ball in 2009 from former coach Rex Ryan following the Jets' upset victory over the Patriots.
But the retired firefighter opted to hang up his patented No. 42 jersey and fireman's helmet in 2012, citing harassment from fans.
"It's been about the nastiness. I just think society in general—you're out in your car, there's no respect at all," Anzalone said in 2012, explaining his retirement. " I don't want to put up with that from people taking it out on me anymore."
Anzalone couldn't stay away forever, though, especially with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold making his home debut. Maybe Darnold's presence under center can lure Fireman Ed back to MetLife for good.