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Encyclopedia > Boomer Esiason
Boomer Esiason
Date of birth April 17, 1961 (1961-04-17) (age 46)
Place of birth Flag of the United States West Islip, New York
Position(s) Quarterback
College Maryland
NFL Draft 1984 / Round 2/ Pick 38
Pro Bowls 4
Awards 1995 Walter Payton Award,
1988 AP NFL MVP,
1988 UPU AFC Offensive POY,
1988 PFWA NFL MVP
Statistics
Teams
1984-1992
1993-1995
1996
1997
Cincinnati Bengals
New York Jets
Arizona Cardinals
Cincinnati Bengals

Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason (born April 17, 1961 in West Islip, New York, grew up in East Islip, New York) is a former quarterback with the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals (1984-1992, 1997), the New York Jets (1993-1995) and the Arizona Cardinals (1996). Esiason also attended East Islip High School in Long Island, New York, where he graduated in 1979. In 2004, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame. is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... West Islip (eye-slip) is a census-designated place (CDP) located is in southwest part of the Town of Islip, Suffolk County, New York. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... 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NFL career

Cincinnati Bengals

He attended the University of Maryland and was drafted in the second round of the 1984 NFL draft (the 38th player chosen overall) by the Bengals, surprisingly low. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper was, in Esiason's words, "going ballistic" that he was still available in the latter stages of the first round. Two of his teammates on the Terrapins squad, guard Ron Solt and defensive end Pete Koch, were drafted in the first round by the Indianapolis Colts and the Bengals, respectively. No quarterbacks were drafted in the first round; Esiason was actually the first one selected. He was also drafted by the Washington Federals franchise of the now-defunct United States Football League. The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Mel Kiper, Jr. ... Look up terrapin in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Ron Solt (born May 19, 1962 in Bainbridge, Maryland) was a former American Football player who played offensive line for nine seasons between 1984 and 1992 for the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue, White, and Gray Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC... Orlando Renegades was a professional American Football team that played in the United States Football League in the mid 1980s. ... The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985. ...


Among the most prolific left-handed quarterbacks in NFL history, Boomer got his first pro start on Oct. 7, 1984, in Cincinnati in a game against the Houston Oilers. On a rainy day, Boomer led the Bengals to a 13-3 win over Houston and scored the game's only touchdown on a quarterback rush near the goalline. Boomer took over for Ken Anderson as the Bengals' full-time starting quarterback on Sept. 22, 1985, in a game in Cincinnati against the San Diego Chargers. He could not repeat the victory of his first career start, as the Bengals fell to the Chargers and eventual Hall of Famer Dan Fouts 44-41. At 6'-5" and 240 pounds, far larger than his predecessor and with a much more powerful arm, Esiason was the signal caller on one of the most potent offenses of the late 1980s, and he was surprisingly mobile, rushing for 1,598 yards on 447 attempts and scoring 7 touchdowns in his career. He was particularly adept at running the difficult play-action pass offense. A little over three years later, Esiason led the Cincinnati Bengals to their second (and to date, their last) appearance in the Super Bowl, where they again lost another close game to the San Francisco 49ers. In Super Bowl XXIII, the 49ers, led by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, marched 92 yards on their last drive and won the game on a touchdown pass to receiver John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining in the game. A last-ditch pass to wide receiver Cris Collinsworth was broken up. The final score: 49ers 20, Bengals 16. Boomer Esiason has been noted as one of the greatest Cincinnati Bengal-quarterbacks to ever play, along with Ken Anderson and current starting quarterback Carson Palmer. City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... Kenneth Allan Ken Anderson (born February 15, 1949 in Batavia, Illinois) is a former American football quarterback who spent his entire professional career playing for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL and later returned as a position coach. ... “Chargers” redirects here. ... Daniel Francis Fouts (born June 10, 1951 in San Francisco, California) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers from 1973 through 1987, and is famous for being one of the most prolific quarterbacks of the Super Bowl Era. ... A play action pass is a type of American football play. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... Date January 22, 1989 Stadium Joe Robbie Stadium City Miami, Florida MVP Jerry Rice, Wide receiver Favorite 49ers by 7 National anthem Billy Joel Coin toss Nick Buoniconti, Bob Griese, and Larry Little Referee Jerry Seeman Halftime show Be Bop Bamboozled - South Florida-area dancers and performers, and 3-D... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Joseph Clifford Joe Montana, Jr. ... John Gregory Taylor (born March 31, 1962 in Pennsauken, New Jersey) was an American football wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers. ... Anthony Cris Collinsworth (born January 27, 1959 in Dayton, Ohio), is a former American football player and current television sportscaster. ... Kenneth Allan Ken Anderson (born February 15, 1949 in Batavia, Illinois) is a former American football quarterback who spent his entire professional career playing for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL and later returned as a position coach. ... Carson Palmer (born December 27, 1979 in Fresno, California) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Cincinnati Bengals franchise. ...


New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals & Back to Cincinnati

Esiason signed with the New York Jets in 1993, guiding their offense until 1995. He then signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent in 1996 and was contemplating retirement, but was talked into playing one more season — with the Cincinnati Bengals. The final play of his 14-year professional career was a 77-yard touchdown pass to receiver Darnay Scott. Darnay Scott (born July 7, 1972 in St. ...


Records & Honors

Boomer Esiason was named to four Pro Bowl games (1986, 1988, 1989, 1993) and holds several NFL career records for left-handed quarterbacks, including most touchdown passes (247), passing yards (37,920), and completions (2,969). In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ...


Among the awards Boomer Esiason has earned during his career include the NFL's Most Valuable Player Award in 1988 (leading the league with a quarterback rating of 97.4), and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 1995 for his charitable work. The Walter Payton Man of the Year award is given annually by the National Football League honoring a players volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field. ...


After retirement

After his retirement, Boomer Esiason went into broadcasting. He was a color commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football from 1998 to 2000. Following his dismissal by ABC (due primarily to personal conflicts between him and play-by-play announcer Al Michaels), Esiason was hired by the Westwood One radio network to become the analyst for radio broadcasts of Monday Night Football games. Esiason also currently serves as an in-studio analyst for The NFL Today on the CBS television network and hosts The Boomer Esiason Show on the Madison Square Garden Network. Every Friday during the season, he calls in to the very popular Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland morning talk radio show Elliot in the Morning to discuss the previous week's action and preview the upcoming week. However, with Boomer's responsibilities with his own new morning radio show, it is unknown if this will continue. A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. ... Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster. ... Westwood One, Inc. ... The NFL Today is a TV show that precedes the American football program The NFL on CBS on CBS Sports. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... The Madison Square Garden Network, known simply as MSG in the metro New York area has been coving NY sports for over a decade. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


Boomer and Carton in the Morning

In April 2007 after the firing of Don Imus, CBS Radio gave Boomer a one-week "try-out" as Imus's replacement on WFAN. (The slot had been covered by WFAN afternoon duo Mike and the Mad Dog for several weeks before Boomer's audition.) The New York Post, among other outlets, have listed Esiason as a frontrunner for the permanent position.(Post) The New York Daily News (article) stated that Esiason would be willing to consider it if the offer were made before he returned to CBS's NFL coverage in the autumn. John Donald Don Imus, Jr. ... For other uses, see WFAN (disambiguation). ... Mike and the Mad Dog is an afternoon drive sports radio program on WFAN in New York City. ... The New York Post is the 13th-oldest newspaper published in the United States and the oldest to have been published continually as a daily. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


WFAN announced Esiason as the permanent host on August 13, along with Craig Carton, formerly of New Jersey 101.5 and WIP. Boomer and Carton officially started as of September 4.[1] On September 6, Esiason pulled double duty: he worked the morning show on WFAN, then flew to Indianapolis to cover the Indianapolis Colts open the 2007 NFL season against the New Orleans Saints on Westwood One with Marv Albert, then returned to do the morning show the next day. However, both Carton and Albert mocked how tired he was, including jokes about Esiason's intake of Red Bull and espresso. is the 225th day of the year (226th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Craig Carton is an American radio personality and shock jock who has worked on a variety of radio stations and talk formats. ... WKXW-FM, better known as New Jersey 101. ... WIP is a Philadelphia radio station with an all-sports format. ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue, White, and Gray Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Westwood One, Inc. ... Marv Albert (born Marvin Philip Aufrichtig on June 12, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American television and radio sportscaster, honored for his work as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and is commonly referred to as the voice of basketball. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Espresso brewing, with a dark reddish-brown foam, called crema or schiuma. ...


Origin of the "Boomer" Name

Boomer Esiason got the "Boomer" nickname even before he was born. When Boomer's mother was pregnant with him, a friend and old teammate of his dad's college football team visited the Esiason home. The friend was the team's punter. The pre-born Boomer kicked, and the friend, who saw the way Mrs. Esiason reacted and said, "wow, that's quite a little boomer you got there!"[citation needed] Ever since then, they kept the nickname. [[Image:|frame|right|Todd Sauerbrun punts the ball for the Carolina Panthers. ...


Esiason hated his given name, so much so that he would be inclined to fight anyone who called him Norman. In an incident recounted by radio personality Anthony Cumia (of Opie & Anthony fame, who was also a schoolmate of Esiason) in the liner notes for the CD Opie & Anthony's Demented World, Cumia retaliated when Esiason hurled a dodge ball at his friend while his head was down and called him by his real name, which led to a fight in which Cumia broke his arm attempting to punch Esiason. Opie and Anthony Opie (Gregg Hughes, b. ...


The Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis

While at a 1993 Jets mini-camp, Esiason was notified that his two-year-old son, Gunnar Esiason, had to be taken to the hospital with breathing difficulties. Soon after, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (a disease of the respiratory and digestive systems). A devastated Boomer Esiason formed a charity to help fund cystic fibrosis research and raise awareness. He later formed a partnership with John Sawyer, a co-founder of the Cincinnati Bengals franchise and the chairman of Sawyer Industries, to form a company that would sell what came to be called Boomer's Products To Fight Cystic Fibrosis. The top-selling item is Boomer's BBQ Sauce, an award-winning Texas-style sauce. Proceeds from sales go to cystic fibrosis research.


Now 16, Gunnar is an extremely active teenager who undergoes daily treatments and takes medication. He's a quarterback on his school's (Friends Academy in Locust Valley, New York) football team. Friends Academy was founded in 1876 by Gideon Frost for the children of Friends and those similarly sentimented,. It is a Quaker, coeducational, independent, college preparatory school serving students from age three through the twelfth grade. ... Locust Valley is a census-designated place located in Nassau County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of 3,521. ...


External links

  • Official site
  • Boomer Esiason Foundation Fighting Cystic Fibrosis
  • Boomer's BBQ.com
  • Boomer's Draft Nightmare
  • Boomer Esiason at Pro Football Reference.com
Preceded by
Ken Anderson
Cincinnati Bengals Starting Quarterbacks
1985-1992
Succeeded by
David Klingler
Preceded by
Browning Nagle
New York Jets Starting Quarterbacks
1993-1995
Succeeded by
Neil O'Donnell
Preceded by
Dave Krieg
Arizona Cardinals Starting Quarterbacks
1996
Succeeded by
Jake Plummer
Preceded by
John Elway
NFL Most Valuable Player
1988 season
Succeeded by
Joe Montana
Preceded by
Junior Seau
Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
1995
Succeeded by
Darrell Green

 
 

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