Esiason, who quarterbacked the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals during a 14-year NFL career, also serves as studio analyst for THE NFL TODAY, the CBS Television Network’s NFL pre-game show. He joined the show in 2002 and is heard weekly along with James Brown & Co.
Esiason, co-host of WFAN’s “Boomer & Gio,” started his run on the station’s acclaimed morning show on Sept. 4, 2007.
Additionally, Esiason calls games for Westwood One’s “Monday Night Football” and NFL playoff and Super Bowl radio broadcasts, a position he has held since 2000.
Upon retiring after the 1997 season, Esiason headed straight for 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 co-hosted, with WFAN’s Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo, a weekly NFL preview show, “In the Huddle” (1998-2002), and was the host of the Boomer Esiason Show on WLW in Cincinnati (1999-2002). He has also hosted the “Boomer Esiason Show” on Madison Square Garden Network.
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 Pro Bowl bid 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% completion percentage) for 247 touchdowns and 37,920 yards.
Throughout his career, Esiason, along with his wife, Cheryl, has been a committed and very active participant in many charitable causes, including the Boomer Esiason Foundation, founded in 1993 to fight cystic fibrosis after his son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with the disease. To date, the Foundation has raised in excess of $96 million.
The crew said hello to their first guests of the week, as Showtime Executive VP Stephen Espinoza and former players Solomon Wilcots and DeAngelo Williams all joined the show.
Friend of the show DeAngelo Williams joined Boomer and Gio for a few minutes at Radio Row in Minnesota on Tuesday. Unfortunately, DeAngelo was just a tad late, but never fear — Al got him to set with plenty of time left.
Former NFL player and Boomer Esiason teammate Solomon Wilcots, along with Dr. Ajay Verma of United Neurosciene, joined the fellas in Minnesota to help promote awareness about concussions.
Jerry was locked and loaded early Tuesday, the day after everyone’s favorite day — Super Bowl media night. An interesting piece of clothing, worn by Bill Belichick seemingly stole the show, and the guys talk about it.
Live from Radio Row in Minnesota once again, the guys are pumped up after a fun adventure Monday. Boomer and Gio discuss an ice-fishing trip that some of the guys went on, and it was one heck of a hit.
Thursday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” featured a riled-up Jerry Recco that left Boomer speechless.
Arguably the next great update anchor, Chris Lopresti was a tad late to the studio on Thursday morning. But he quickly made amends.
The Nets were the only local pro team that played Wednesday night, and they got handled by visiting Sacramento.
Wednesday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” featured a genius one-liner from Jerry.
Chris Lopresti was ready to deliver his Wednesday morning update and expected a happy and cheerful Boomer, but that was simply not to be.
Boomer and Jerry Recco came out of the gates ready to go on Wednesday. The first thing on the agenda was a discussion about the Islanders reportedly winning the bid to develop the land at Belmont Park.
Tuesday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” focused on a young Al Dukes and how he broke into radio as a 20-year-old.
With Tuesday morning came another informative and entertaining update, courtesy of the wildly talented Chris Lopresti.
Jerry Recco figured Boomer would want to get things started Tuesday with the Knicks, after their road woes continued in Charlotte on Monday night with a 109-91 loss.
Monday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” featured Al Dukes grilling Boomer about who he thinks would be a good fit to be the Giants’ next head coach.