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 started his run on WFAN’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 Jets and Giants were both losers on Sunday, but it was Big Blue that drew the most ire from Boomer and Jerry Recco to kick off Monday’s show.
Boomer shared a story about getting some friends sideline passes when he was quarterback of the Jets back in the day, and, low and behold, it became Friday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day.”
Finally on Friday the guys got to the wildly popular segment of the program where Boomer and Brian Jones offered up their “award-winning” NFL Picks-Picks-Picks against the spread for Week 10.
Chris Lopresti was in the other “power chair” on Friday morning and seemed invincible as he delivered the final update of the work week.
Boomer and Jerry Recco had plenty of topics to tackle on the “Football Friday” edition of the WFAN Morning Show.
Thursday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” focused on the commute Al and Jerry have every day to work.
Chris Lopresti had a full plate of topics to discuss during the Thursday morning update.
The Giants are a mess both on and off the field. Head coach Ben McAdoo is taking shots from all directions, while consistently maintaining that all is well with his beleaguered team.
Boomer had a little trouble with the names Keanu Reeves and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos on Wednesday morning. It all led to another memorable and highly anticipated “Moment of the Day.”
With Jerry Recco handling his business in the “power chair” on Wednesday morning, it was up to Chris Lopresti to flex his update muscles.
Boomer was back in the saddle on Wednesday, and he had Jerry Recco in the “power chair.”
We learned the names of Jerry’s cats and got a glimpse into Al Dukes’ life during Tuesday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day.”
Bernard King was an elite scorer in the NBA, back when it was difficult to be an elite scorer.
Jerry Recco did his thing Tuesday morning, donning the “maven hat” and belting out another informative and entertaining update.
Boomer called the Monday Night Football affair between the Lions and the Packers in Green Bay, so he wasn’t around Tuesday morning.