Ed Reed wants Jets to bring back Fireman Ed

Ed Reed is gearing up to make his MetLife Stadium debut this week, and the veteran safety wants a familiar (former?) fan to join the occasion.

“That guy with the hard hat on, is he still here?” Reed asked reporters Wednesday, according to the New York Post. “I have to meet him. What’s his name, Fireman Ed? I need him getting the whole stadium crunked.”

Fireman Ed —  a.k.a. Ed Anzalone — was the voice of the J-E-T-S home crowd for the last decade, but retired after the infamous “Butt Fumble” game last Thanksgiving.

“He retired? I can’t believe it. We need to bring him out of retirement,” Reed said.

Or not.

The Jets are 4-1 at home this season, a record that includes upset wins over the Patriots and Saints. The team enters Sunday losers of two straight, but Reed is hoping a home field advantage will help snap the funk.

“It’s going to be fun to play in front of the home crowd and have that energy that we need,” Reed said. “We’re going to need the 12th man really bad to get this going the right way, to try to get this train moving to where we want to go. I think as a team we need it. We need that energy.”

There’s only one Ed who will generate any energy for the Jets — and he doesn’t wear a hardhat.

Zack Kelberman
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