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Crawdads invite Fireman Ed to be Hickory's Superfan

3:29 PM EST
HICKORY, NC - In light of former New York Jets Superfan Ed "Fireman Ed" Anzalone declaring this week that he will retire from going to Jets games, the Hickory Crawdads are formally inviting him to become the new Official Superfan of the Crawdads.

According to his guest column in the publication Metro, Fireman Ed cited increasing confrontations with other Jets fans at Metlife Stadium as the reason why he is retiring from attending Jets games and leading their faithful in his renowned "J-E-T-S, Jets Jets Jets" chant. With the family-friendly atmosphere at Crawdads games, as well as the 'Dads long-standing appreciation of firemen and all emergency responders, L.P. Frans Stadium is the perfect location for Ed to retire.

As part of becoming the Official Superfan of the Crawdads, the 'Dads are offering Fireman Ed a free season ticket and parking pass for life, a customized Crawdads fireman's hat and a personalized Crawdads jersey that no one will ever negatively confront him for wearing. Fireman Ed will have free reign to lead Crawdads fans in whatever chant he chooses - after all, "D-A-D-S, Dads Dads Dads" has a good ring to it!

"We feel the family-friendly atmosphere at L.P. Frans Stadium and throughout the entire city of Hickory makes this community the perfect place for Fireman Ed to spend his 'retirement,'" said Crawdads General Manager Mark Seaman. "We would be honored if Fireman Ed would come to a Crawdads game and see why Hickory has been named an All-American City three different times."

Since this would be a big move for Fireman Ed, the Crawdads are offering him the chance to bring his family to any home game in the 2013 season before committing to be the Official Superfan of the Crawdads. The 'Dads are certain that this community can restore Fireman Ed's faith in society and will provide free tickets and a personal tour of the ballpark and city for him and his family, as well as set them up in a hotel to make their stay as comfortable as possible.

For more information on the Hickory Crawdads and their invitation to Fireman Ed, visit, the 'Dads Facebook and Twitter pages, or call the Front Office at (828) 322-3000.

Crawdads Clippings:
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Get Tickets:
Group outings, corporate partnerships, Buffalo Wild Wings Claw Club memberships, Ticket Books and birthday parties for the 2013 season are all available right now by calling the Front Office at (828) 322-3000. Keep an eye on throughout the offseason for information on individual tickets for the 2013 season!