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.
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."