I don't have a fireman in this fight, but just to clear up some mis-info...
Great example for the kids. Quit when the going gets tough and people give you a hard time.
He isn't retiring the fireman hat because of the poor performance, he is retiring it becuase he claims he has been "confronted" by fellow Jets fans for wearing a Sanchez jersey. Ed says he can handle his own, but would rather not "make a stupid mistake." http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--jets-hit-new-low-as-superfan--fireman-ed--quits-his-beloved-team-for-season-030828017.html
"This is an indication of how society has lost and is continuing to lose respect for one another," Anzalone wrote. "… The fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year and that fans think I am on the payroll – which is an outright lie – have made these confrontations more frequent. Whether it's in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis.
"Although I can 'hold my own,' I do not want to lose my temper and make a stupid mistake," he continued.