Boomer Esiason

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Whether it be as a NFL quarterback or as a sports commentator; sports speaker, commentator, and quarterback Boomer Esiason has never been far from the public eye. His journey began in college when he played for the University of Maryland. While there, he set 17 school records. His most distinguished moment came when he led the team to a comeback victory to take the ACC title over the no. 3 ranked North Carolina team. He graduated in 1984 and the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him that year, the first quarter back taken in the draft.

Esiason led the Bengals to the super bowl, where they lost with 34 seconds left to the San Francisco 49’s and future-Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana. In 1988, Esiason was named the NFL’s MVP. He was also named for that year’s pro bowl but didn’t play due to an injured shoulder. Over the next decade, he would play for the New York Jets as well as the Arizona Cardinals before eventually returning to the Cincinnati Bangles in 1997. By the time of his retirement from professional football he had been selected for four pro bowls, been both UPI Man of the Year and Walter Payton Man of Year in 1988 and 1995, respectively, and was one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, in the top 10 for many statistical categories.

Over the years, Esiason has been featured in many commercials and movies, including commercials with Diet Coke, Doritos, Domino’s Pizza, Hanes, Reebok, Samsung, and Wheaties, and has starred in “The Game Plan” and “Miss America” and was a judge on iron chef America. He is an active color commentator for many sports, including football, basketball, and baseball.

In 1993 Esiason found out that his son Gunnar had Cystic Fibrosis, and almost immediately after began the “Boomer Esiason Foundation” in order to support research for a cure as well as provide scholarships to students living with Cystic Fibrosis. Over the past two decades the foundation has raised over $100 million for cure research.