It's Only A Number: Booms Won't Take The Bait

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Move over, Boomer.

There’s a new No. 7 in town: rookie quarterback Geno Smith.

WFAN co-host Boomer Esiason took the news in stride Friday that the second-round pick would be wearing his old number with the Jets.

“I’ll say this: good luck to Geno Smith. I don’t really care what number he wears,” Esiason said, graciously side-stepping the egging on from radio partner Craig Carton. “All I would want if I were a Jets fan is I want productivity.”

Esiason, of course, wore No. 7 after taking over the position from Ken O’Brien, who was also No. 7.

Boomer was quick to point out the number was also taken in 1996 — right after his departure.

“After I left, Frank Reich, my college roommate, also wore No. 7 for the New York Jets,” he said. “You probably don’t remember those days. That was Richie Kotite’s last year, that epic 1-15 season. That was the year that Neil O’Donnell got hurt — remember? — and then Frank had to play an extended amount of time.”

Smith, part of the Jets’ five-man quarterback competition, is one of the many participants at this weekend’s rookie mini camp at the team’s facility. He wore No. 12 at West Virgina.

That number was unavailable thanks to some guy named Joe Namath.

Namath with Boomer & Carton on Aug. 30, 2011. (credit: Al Dukes/WFAN)

Namath with Boomer & Carton on Aug. 30, 2011. (credit: Al Dukes/WFAN)

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