Fireman Ed returns for Jets' opener, to the delight of Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis

Ed Anzalone -- aka Fireman Ed -- was at his first Jets game on Sunday since 'retiring' in November 2012. Jeff Skopin/ESPN

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Fireman Ed has returned to the building, and New York Jets stars Brandon Marshall and Darrelle Revis are glad for it.

Jets superfan Ed Anzalone, better known as "Fireman Ed," was at MetLife Stadium on Sunday for the Jets' 2015 regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns.

It was his first game since "retiring" in November 2012, following the Jets' 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots. That game is best remembered for quarterback Mark Sanchez's butt fumble.

Anzalone didn't give up going to Jets home games because of the team's ineptitude on the field. He said confrontations with other Jets fans led him to call it quits.

But the Jets are beginning a new era under general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles, and now they're doing so with Fireman Ed back in the fold, too.

After the Jets' 31-10 win over the Browns, Marshall credited Fireman Ed with inspiring the team to victory.

"There was a lot of energy out there, something that I didn't think we had in preseason," said Marshall, who scored a touchdown. "That was Fireman Ed getting us started -- I know he's been gone for a little bit, and we need him.

"So I hope he's listening to this because there's a lot of talk that he's trying to pass the torch to someone else, but you can't duplicate that. So we need him to get us going. It's not just the offense, defense and special teams. We need that 12th man, and it starts with Fireman Ed. So Fireman Ed, don't pass the torch."

Revis brought him up after the game, too.

"I want to thank the crowd, I want to thank Fireman Ed for coming back, and just being electrifying again," Revis said. "They played a big part in this game."