This article will answer every question you have about Boomer Esiason. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about him.
- What does Boomer Esiason do for a living?
- Who are Boomer Esiason’s parents and siblings?
- What are Boomer Esiason’s interests and hobbies?
- Is Boomer Esiason married or does he have a girlfriend?
- Does Boomer Esiason have any children?
- Where is Boomer Esiason now?
- How tall is Boomer Esiason?
- How much money does Boomer Esiason earn?
- What is Boomer Esiason’s net worth?
N/B: Please read the entire post to have all your questions answered.
Who is Boomer Esiason?
Boomer Esiason is a former American football quarterback and sports analyst who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 14 seasons, primarily with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft, where he spent 10 non-consecutive seasons.
Esiason was also a member of the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. To date, he is the last Bengals quarterback to lead the franchise to victory in the playoffs, doing so in 1990. During his playing career, Esiason was named to four Pro Bowls and received first-team All-Pro honors. His most successful season came with the Bengals in 1988 when he won NFL Most Valuable Player and led the team to a Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XXIII, which ended in a close defeat.
After nine years in Cincinnati, Esiason spent three seasons with New York and one season with Arizona before returning to the Bengals for his final season in 1997. Since retiring from football, Esiason has worked as a football analyst for CBS Sports on The NFL Today and Showtime’s Inside the NFL and was previously with ABC, HBO, and Westwood One. He also hosts the morning sports radio program Boomer and Gio on WFAN in New York.
Boomer Esiason’s Career
Cincinnati Bengals (1984–1992)
Following his final year at Maryland, Esiason was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft with the 38th overall pick, surprisingly low considering his successful college career. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. was, in Esiason’s words, “going ballistic” that he was still available in the latter stages of the first round. No quarterbacks were drafted in the first round; Esiason was actually the first quarterback selected, as Steve Young had signed with the L.A. Express of the now-defunct United States Football League. Esiason’s USFL territorial rights were controlled by the Washington Federals, the worst team in the league.
Esiason’s teammate from Maryland, defensive end Pete Koch, was taken by the Bengals with the 16th pick in the first round of the same draft. Koch lasted just one season in Cincinnati and five total in the NFL. He got his first pro start on October 7, 1984, in Cincinnati in a game against the Houston Oilers. On a rainy day, he led the Bengals to a 13–3 win over Houston and scored the game’s only touchdown on a three-yard run. On December 21, 1986, the final game of the 1986 season, he set a team record by throwing five touchdown passes as Cincinnati shot down the New York Jets 52–21.
In the game, Bengals cornerback Lewis Billups dropped a sure interception in the end zone which would have sealed a Cincinnati win. The San Francisco 49ers, led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, marched 92 yards on their last drive and scored on a touchdown pass to receiver John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining in the game. A last-ditch pass by Esiason to wide receiver Cris Collinsworth was broken up, resulting in a 20–16 loss for the Bengals, their second close loss to the 49ers in a Super Bowl.
On October 29, 1989, he tied his own record for touchdown passes in a game as the Bengals demolished the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56–23. The Bengals tied a team record with eight touchdowns in the game. On October 7, 1990, he threw for 490 yards (a single-game team passing record) in a 34–31 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
New York Jets (1993–1995)
Esiason, who had worked with Jets head coach Bruce Coslet in Cincinnati, was traded to the Jets for a third-round pick in 1993 (which became linebacker Steve Tovar), subsequently guiding their offense until the end of 1995 under three different head coaches: Coslet, Pete Carroll, and Rich Kotite. During his 1995 season with the Jets, he was seriously injured in a game played on October 8 against the Buffalo Bills when rookie Everett McIver was whistled for a false start and Bruce Smith of the Bills raced around him and caught Esiason under his face mask.
Smith was terribly upset about Esiason’s injury and said he never heard whistleblowing the play dead for a false start. That horrific collision gave Esiason a severe concussion, which kept him out until November 19. He is thought to have been the first NFL player to enter a concussion study during the season. When he returned to the field it was coincidentally in a game that was played against the Bills.
Arizona Cardinals (1996)
After being released by the Jets, Esiason signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent in 1996. It was during this season, on November 10, 1996, that he threw for the fourth-best passing yardage day in NFL history, with 522 yards in a 37–34 overtime victory over the Washington Redskins. Two weeks later he led a fourth-quarter comeback against the playoff-bound Eagles.
Second stint with the Cincinnati Bengals (1997)
Esiason contemplated retirement in the off-season but was talked into playing one more season with the Bengals. He was surprisingly effective after replacing Jeff Blake midway through the 1997 season, throwing for 13 touchdowns with only two interceptions and garnering a passer rating of over 106 for the season. The Bengals were 3–8 with Blake under center. With Esiason at quarterback, they won four of their last five games and scored over 30 points four times – twice they broke 40 points, in a 44–42 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and a 41–14 rout of the Tennessee Oilers.
The Bengals wanted Esiason to come back for two more years. On December 21, 1997, he played his last NFL game. His last play was a 79-yard touchdown play-action pass to wide receiver Darnay Scott. The touchdown proved to be the winner in a 16–14 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
How Old is Boomer Esiason?
Esiason was born on April 17, 1961, in East Islip, New York.
Boomer Esiason‘s Family
Who are Boomer Esiason’s parents?
His mother Irene, reacting to his constant kicking in the womb, called him “Boomer,” and he has kept the name since. Irene, a singer, dancer, and piano player, from whom he inherited his blond hair and blue eyes, died at the age of 37 of ovarian cancer when he was seven years old. His father Norman, a veteran of WWII, never remarried, and in spite of a three-hour daily commute to New York City raised Esiason and his two sisters.
Does Boomer Esiason have siblings?
Esiason has two sisters named Susan and Robin Esiason.
Boomer Esiason‘s Education
He attended Timber Point Elementary and East Islip High School, where he graduated in 1979. In high school, he was a three-sport varsity player in football, basketball, and baseball. Esiason played college football at the University of Maryland for head coaches Jerry Claiborne and Bobby Ross and offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen. Maryland was the only college to offer him a scholarship.
Boomer Esiason‘s wife
In 1986, Esiason married his wife, Cheryl.
Boomer Esiason‘s Children – Kids
Esiason has two children, son Gunnar and daughter Sydney.
Boomer Esiason’s Net Worth
Esiason has an estimated net worth of $15 million.
Esiason stands at 5ft 6 in tall and weighs about 224 pounds.