Boomer Esiason, who quarterbacked the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals during a 14-year NFL career, joined CBS Sports in February 2002 as a studio analyst for THE NFL TODAY, the CBS Television Network’s NFL pre-game show. He joins host James Brown, Bill Cowher, Phil Simms and Nate Burleson in the studio. In addition, Esiason will serve as an analyst on INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME, as well as a contributor on NFL MONDAY QB on CBS Sports Network.
Upon retiring after the 1997 season, Esiason headed straight to the broadcast booth. He made his debut as a commentator for ABC’s NFL “Monday Night Football,” and called “MNF” games for two years. He called games for Westwood One Radio Sports “Monday Night Football” broadcasts for 18 seasons (2000-17), teaming with Marv Albert and Kevin Harlan for eight years each. Esiason has hosted WFAN’s national weekday morning radio show, BOOMER AND GIO, which originally debuted as BOOMER AND CARTON IN THE MORNING, since September 4, 2007. He contributes daily commentary to CBS Sports Radio’s “CBS Sports Minute” and is a weekly guest during the NFL season on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. He was a weekly contributor for Bleacher Report’s “Behind the Mic” and Sport Illustrated’s SI.com. Esiason hosted “The Boomer Esiason Show” on Madison Square Garden Network for eight years. During the 2001 season, he served as an analyst on Fox Sports Net’s “NFL This Morning.”
After an All-America career at the University of Maryland, Esiason was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft and became one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history. In 1986, he earned his first of four Pro Bowl bids while leading the NFL’s most productive offense. In 1988, he led the NFL with a 97.4 passer rating and helped the Bengals win the AFC Championship before their loss to San Francisco in Super Bowl XXIII. That year, Esiason was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player by the Pro Football Writers of America and the Associated Press. He again was the NFL passing leader in 1989 as Cincinnati claimed another division title. In 1993, after being traded to the Jets, Esiason became a Pro Bowler for the second time. In only three seasons with the Jets, he became the team’s fourth-leading all-time passer. After playing a season for the Arizona Cardinals, he returned to Cincinnati, where he ended his career with 2,969 completions in 5,205 pass attempts (57 percent completion percentage) for 247 touchdowns and 37,920 yards.
Throughout his career, Esiason, along with his wife, Cheryl, has been a committed and a very active participant in many charitable causes, including the Boomer Esiason Foundation, established in 1993 to fight cystic fibrosis after his son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with the disease. To date, the foundation has raised over $150 million.
Esiason was born April 17, 1961, in West Islip, N.Y., and lives in Plandome, N.Y., with his wife, their daughter, Sydney, and their son.