Ed Reed wants Fireman Ed to return

November, 27, 2013

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Recently signed safety Ed Reed makes his MetLife Stadium debut for the New York Jets Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. He'd like the occasion a whole lot more if another Ed -- Fireman Ed -- were in the crowd.

"That guy with the hard hat on, is he still here?" Reed asked reporters Wednesday. "I have to meet him. What's his name, Fireman Ed? I need him getting the whole stadium crunked."

Reed was told that Fireman Ed -- a.k.a. Ed Anzalone -- is retired.

"He retired? We need to bring him out of retirement," Reed said.


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Actually, Anzalone quit on the Jets last Thanksgiving, walking out of the "Butt Fumble" debacle at halftime. Actually, they've managed quite nicely without him. The Jets are 4-1 at home, having defeated two of the league's elite, the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints.

As for Reed, he hasn't won a game anywhere since the Super Bowl last February as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. He went 0-7 with the Houston Texans, and now he's 0-2 with the Jets. He managed to laugh about it.

"It's a team sport, I'm not playing this game by myself," he said. "There aren't 53 Ed Reeds [or] 46 Ed Reeds dressing out there on Sunday. That would be [an automatic] Super Bowl."

He was joking.

"When we do win," he said, "I might dump Gatorade on myself."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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