Esiason, Boomer

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Boomer Esiason
Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason is a former Pro Bowl quarterback for the New York Jets from 1993 to 1995.


Background and college

Born April 17, 1961 in West Islip, New York and grew up in East Islip, New York. He attended East Islip High School in Long Island, New York, where he graduated in 1979. Esiason played college football at the University of Maryland, where he set 17 school records and is the best-known Terrapin football player today. Esiason completed 461 of 850 passes (54.2 percent) for 6,259 yards and 42 touchdowns and was a two-time honorable mention All-American in 1982 and 1983. In his final home game threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to lead a comeback victory over No. 3 North Carolina and seal the ACC title. Esiason received the 1999 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

NFL Career

Pre Jets

Esiason was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft and 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 in 1985. In 1988 Esiason took the Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII, but lost a heartbreaker to San Francisco. Esiason would remain with the Bengals for 9 years.

With the Jets

In April 1993, Esiason was traded to the Jets. In a move that did not go down well with too many people, Esiason was given the No.7 jersey by head coach Bruce Coslet despite the fact longtime QB Ken O'Brien was still on the squad. O'Brien was then unceremoniously traded by the Jets. Esiason beat out Browning Nagle to become the team's starting quarterback. In 1993 Esiason became a Pro Bowler for the second time. It was downhill from there. Coslet was fired at the end of 1993, 1994 brought Pete Carroll and Esiason's final season as a Jet coincided with the Kotite era. Despite only being a Jet for 3 seasons, Esiason ranks sixth on the all time Jet passing list.

After the Jets

Esiason signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 1996 and finished his career with the Bengals in 1997.

Esiason was named to four Pro Bowl games, one as a Jet (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).

Stats as a Jet

    Passing   Rushing
Season QB RAT Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD
1993 84.5 473 288 60.9 3421 16 11 45 118 1
1994 71.4 440 255 58.0 2782 17 13 28 59 0
1995 71.4 389 221 56.8 2275 16 15 19 14 0
Totals 78.2 1302 764 58.7 8478 49 39 92 191 1

After the NFL


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 ontMSG.

Cystic Fibrosis charity work

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). Esiason formed a charity to help fund cystic fibrosis research and raise awareness.

Preceded by Jets Starting Quarterback Succeeded by
Browning Nagle 1993-1995 Neil O'Donnell

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