About a month ago in Canton, Ohio, I confirmed what I already knew. Fireman Ed was going to change his infamous No. 42 Jersey to No.6 to support Mark Sanchez for the 2012 season. The information was burning a hole in my brain because I was sworn to secrecy from the man himself, Fireman Ed Anzalone.
Fireman Ed had gave a hint a month before that moment, simply stating on the Hargz and Carter podcast that he was going to do something to support Mark this season. I put out a tweet saying that I believed No. 42 was going to be replaced. I didn't get any reaction or reply from Ed, so I let it die knowing that I was going to eventually find out if I was right.
Fireman Ed leading J-E-T-S chants during Sunday's home opener
That hot summer day in Canton at the Hall of Fame minutes before the ceremonies were going to begin, I met up with Fireman Ed for a couple of brews and to talk Jets football. As everyone was getting settled in, I turned to Ed and said, "Hey, so was I right with my tweet? Are you going 6?" He pulled me aside and said "OFF THE RECORD, and I'll kill you if you leak it, Yes you got it right". Hey Ed, I kept my promise.
This tweet popped out a day before the Sunday opener against the Bills.
FiremanEd42:If there is or was any question on my support of #6 Mark Sanchez, there won't b after tommorrow! #42 is in my heart and NOW so is #6 #truth 9/8/12 9:11 PM
I was fired up, because think about it. This is sending a message to the world that one of the biggest-known Jets fans is making a bold statement that he believes in the QB everyone is trying to doubt. Mark really proved the doubters wrong in this early season by probably playing the best game of his career for a regular season.
Don't think Fireman Ed was fired up Sunday? After the game, he put this out: