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.
There was plenty for Chris Lopresti to get to Monday morning, but it was a postgame sound bite from Ben Roethlisberger following the Steelers’ agonizing loss to the Patriots that stole the update spotlight.
Boomer and Jerry Recco had their hands full to open the work week following a very eventful NFL Sunday, which was marred by another controversial non-catch.
Friday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” featured a wedding and a funny moment, courtesy of Al Dukes.
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 15.
Chris Lopresti had a ton to get to Friday morning. Jerry Recco’s protégé had plenty of sound from the football locals, and all the details on a pretty busy Thursday night in New York sports.
Boomer and Jerry came out firing to open the final show of the week after watching an exciting showdown between the Nets and Knicks on Thursday night Brooklyn.
Thursday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” featured a funny exchange between Boomer and DeAngelo Williams.
Former NFL running back DeAngelo Williams joined Boomer and Jerry Recco in the Investors Bank Studio on Thursday.
Chris Lopresti began Thursday’s update with news about the Mets’ new reliever, Anthony Swarzak.
Boomer and Jerry Recco kicked off the second-to-last show of the week with a discussion about the Knicks and Nets, who play Thursday night at Barclays Center.
Wednesday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” featured an awkward moment for Jerry Recco.
Denver Broncos great Terrell Davis joined Boomer and Jerry Recco in the Investors Bank Studio on Wednesday.
Chris Lopresti was ready early Wednesday morning with all of the sound from the Yankees and Mets at the Winter Meetings.
Boomer and Jerry Recco started the “hump day” edition of the WFAN Morning Show by discussing a fun night for basketball fans at Madison Square Garden.
Tuesday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” involved Al Dukes’ impending hernia surgery and a wager among the boys. Enjoy!
Former Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and his wife, Terricka, stopped by the Investors Bank Studio on Tuesday morning for a chat with Boomer and Jerry Recco.
Chris Lopresti was in the house on Tuesday morning and delivered yet another rock-solid update.
Boomer and Jerry Recco kicked off their show on Tuesday by discussing Giancarlo Stanton’s introductory press conference with the Yankees.
During Monday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day,” we got to hear Boomer speculate about what the Jets might really think about Christian Hackenberg, their 2016 second-round draft pick.
Chris Lopresti was back at it Monday morning, delivering an update like only he can.
The reaction to the stunning trade that landed reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton in pinstripes was all the talk of the WFAN Morning Show open on Monday.
If Friday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” doesn’t get you into the gift-giving spirit this holiday season, then nothing will.
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 14.
Our guy Marco Balletti stepped up to the plate Friday morning, filling in admirably for absent update guru Chris Lopresti. Marco is a radio veteran, so he was more than up to the task.
Boomer and Jerry Recco got the “Football Friday” radio program started by talking about the idea of Giancarlo Stanton potentially waiving his no-trade clause and taking his talents to the Bronx or maybe even Queens.
Wednesday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” featured the magic of button-pusher extraordinaire “The” Eddie Scozzare.
Chris Lopresti showed up on Wednesday ready to get to work. Good thing he did. He had a lot to address.
The Yankees were set to introduce Aaron Boone as their new manager on Wednesday afternoon.
Monday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” was a good one, as Al Dukes found himself under the microscope once again, not long after Boomer got to the bottom of the mystery of some missing eggs.
The Yankees have a new manager and the Jets actually got things done in the fourth quarter, but it was the Giants that had the attention of Boomer and Jerry Recco on Monday morning.
For the second day in a row, a “what would Al do” segment was featured during the 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 13
Before Chris Lopresti was given the stage on Friday morning to flex his update muscles, Boomer took a few minutes to explain why Olivier Vernon’s recent comments about NFL anthem protests were foolish.
After briefly discussing the notion of Jennifer Lopez getting her wish of seeing Alex Rodriguez become the next manager of the Yankees, Boomer and Jerry Recco got to a much more serious topic on Friday morning.
Thursday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” provided us with a snap shot of how Al Dukes might react if confronted by a spider in his rental car.
Chris Lopresti did his best Thursday morning to present the latest from across the world of sports, but he couldn’t help but get dragged into the ongoing Eli Manning saga.
Eli Manning’s demotion was still the topic du jour Thursday morning after Giants co-owner John Mara spoke out on Wednesday afternoon.
With Phill Simms sitting in, Wednesday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” focused on the Super Bowl MVP’s son, Chris, and some of the odd things that have come out of his mouth.
Chris Lopresti’s update on Wednesday morning was slanted heavily towards the Giants, more specifically their now-backup quarterback, Eli Manning.
All good things come to an end, but the manner in which the Giants handled what appears to be the end of Eli Manning’s career with the only NFL team he’s ever known has not been received very well.
After listening to Tuesday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day,” you may or may not think differently about asking Al Dukes for help. Just ask poor Jerry Recco.
Boomer was thrilled to have a former athlete in the Investors Bank Studio on Tuesday morning.
Chris Lopresti was at it again Tuesday morning, updating his little heart out.
Boomer and Jerry Recco have concerns about the Knicks.
Wednesday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” focused on Boomer’s buckle shoes and all of the pitfalls that come with owning a pair.
Finally on Wednesday 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 Thanksgiving Day, Week 12.
Chris Lopresti was laser-focused Wednesday morning, and it’s a good thing he was because he had a lot to update.
Boomer and Jerry Recco got things started Wednesday morning talking about the letters Joe Morgan sent to the baseball writers with a Hall of Fame vote, encouraging them not to vote for steroid users.
During Tuesday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day,” Boomer wondered if Ben McAdoo is perhaps a different guy behind closed doors.
Chris Lopresti knocked his update out of the park Tuesday morning, but that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise because he is very good at what he does.
The Knicks are just 9-7, but considering what they have been for a very long time, their start is something to crow about.
You can listen to — and download — all of the memorable audio from the latest edition of the WFAN Morning Show in one nice little package for your convenience.
Bill Burr was a guest on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” following Week 10 and let’s just say Boomer got a little physical with the comedian.
Chris Lopresti kicked off Thanksgiving week in style by recapping a busy Sunday in New York sports.
Boomer and Jerry Recco actually had something positive to discuss on the Giants front on a Monday morning.
Boomer’s battle with technology was at the forefront of 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 11.
Chris Lopresti got after it early and often Friday morning, because, frankly, this guy just loves giving updates.
It wasn’t your ordinary “Football Friday” show for one very good reason. Boomer had yet another big announcement.
Thursday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day” focused on a former WFAN radio host by the name of Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo.
There was a lot for Chris Lopresti to get to while handling his update duties on Thursday morning.
With all the big announcements from Wednesday behind them, the WFAN Morning Show got back to business on Thursday morning.
It was quite a day on 66 AM and 101.9 FM on your radio dial.
The games were few Tuesday night, but that didn’t stop Chris Lopresti from talking about a little bit of everything during Wednesday morning’s update.
It was a big Wednesday on the WFAN Morning Show.
Al Dukes showed some fear during Tuesday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day.”
Chris Lopresti did the best he could to have his voice heard Tuesday morning, but it wasn’t easy task with Boomer and Jerry Recco on a roll.
The Knicks built a 23-point lead on Monday night at the Garden, only to see Kyle Korver go crazy from 3-point land and LeBron James be LeBron James in the fourth quarter.
Producer extraordinaire Al Dukes expressed some health concerns during Monday’s highly anticipated “Moment of the Day.”
Chris Lopresti took care of his business on Monday morning. The same cannot be said for the Jets and Giants on Sunday.
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.