"On behalf of the fans and representing the fans, we gave him a game ball," Ryan said. "He does a great job."
Ed Anzalone, a New York City firefighter, has been coming to Jets home games for years, wearing a fire helmet and leading the "J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!" cheer.
Last week, Ryan sent a voice mail message to season-ticket holders, urging them to make things "miserable" for Tom Brady and the Patriots.
"He wasn't the only fan you would notice, but I don't know the names of everybody else," Ryan said. "I'm sure there was Fireman Joe and everybody else out there. It was great because they're our fans, and we decided it was a little token of our appreciation to give him a game ball."
Anzalone also talked to the players.
"Their passion is as great as mine is," Anzalone told the team's Web site, speaking of Jets fans. "There's no difference. I'm just blessed to be able to lead the orchestra, to get them crazy."