Jets Give Fireman Ed Game Ball After Big Win

Head coach Ryan makes gesture to honor fans

Saturday, Sep 26, 2009  |  Updated 3:31 PM EDT
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Fireman Ed has something new to cheer about besides the Jets 2-0 start to the season.

The Jets' most famous fan received a game ball from coach Rex Ryan during the team meeting Friday for helping lead a raucous Meadowlands crowd during New York's 16-9 win over New England last Sunday.

Ed Anzalone, a New York City firefighter, has been coming to every Jets home game for years, wearing a fire helmet and leading the "J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!" cheer.

"On behalf of the fans and representing the fans, we gave him a game ball," Ryan said, according to the Daily News. "There's two, actually, one in our trophy case and we gave him the other one. He does a great job."

Ryan sent a voicemail message to season ticket holders last week, urging the fans to make things "miserable" for Tom Brady and the Patriots. The fans answered that call, and after the victory, Ryan said they were the difference in the team beating New England at the Meadowlands for the first time since 2000.

"He wasn't the only fan you would notice, but I don't know the names of everybody else," Ryan said. "I'm sure there was Fireman Joe and everybody else out there. It was great because they're our fans and we decided it was a little token of our appreciation to give him a game ball."

Fireman Ed gave props to the rest of the Jets fans for their passion and support.

"I'm just blessed to be able to lead the orchestra, to get them crazy," Fireman Ed said in an interview on the Jets Web site.

The Jets go up against the Tennessee Titans (0-2) tomorrow. Let's make it 3-0, boys.

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