Boomer Esiason's Top 5 Moments as an NFL Quarterback
Boomer Esiason's career in the NFL spanned 14 seasons, 3 teams and earned him 37,000+ yards and 247 touchdowns. His legacy lives on!

Boomer Esiason’s Top 5 Moments as an NFL Quarterback


Boomer Esiason is a name that resonates with football fans across the country. Known for his charismatic personality and impressive skills on the field, Esiason had a successful career in the National Football League (NFL) that left a lasting impact on the game. From his college days at the University of Maryland to his time as the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, Esiason’s legacy will be remembered for years to come.

Boomer Esiason: A Look at His NFL Career

Boomer Esiason’s NFL career spanned 14 seasons, during which he played for three different teams – the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, and Arizona Cardinals. He was known for his strong arm, accuracy, and winning mindset. Throughout his career, Esiason threw for over 37,000 yards and 247 touchdowns, earning him a place among the league’s elite quarterbacks.

Esiason’s impact on the league extended beyond his statistics. He was a leader both on and off the field, known for his ability to rally his teammates and inspire them to perform at their best. His competitive spirit and determination were evident in every game he played, making him a respected figure among his peers.

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The Rise of Boomer Esiason: From College to the Pros

Before making a name for himself in the NFL, Boomer Esiason had a successful college career at the University of Maryland. He set 17 school records and led the Terrapins to an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship in 1983. Esiason’s success in college caught the attention of NFL scouts, and he entered the 1984 NFL Draft with high expectations.

Ultimately, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Esiason in the second round of the draft. He served as the backup quarterback for his first year before being named the full-time starter during the 1985 season.

1. Boomer Esiason’s First NFL Start: A Memorable Debut

Boomer got his first pro start on October 7, 1984. While he wasn’t the full-time starter, he proved his worth in this rookie season pinch start. During the rainy home game against the Houston Oilers, Boomer led the Bengals to a 13–3 win and scored the game’s only touchdown on a three-yard run. It was a memorable debut for the young quarterback.

2. Boomer Esiason’s MVP Season

In 1988, the Esiason-led Bengals were the highest-scoring offense in the NFL. He threw for 3572 yards and 28 touchdowns on only 388 attempts and finished the season as the NFL’s top-rated passer. Due to his success, he earned the 1988 NFL Most Valuable Player award. He also earned First-Team AP All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors for his impressive season.

3. Super Bowl XXIII: A Game for the Ages

Another highlight of Boomer Esiason’s career came during that same 1988 season. He led the Cincinnati Bengals all the way to a showdown against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII. Esiason’s stats were not flashy, but he consistently set up Bengals kicker Jim Breech to knock in 3 points. With the Bengals up late in the 4th quarter, Cincinnati cornerback Lewis Billups dropped an interception in the end zone which would have potentially sealed the Bengals’ win. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana then led the 49ers on a 92-yard drive to score the winning touchdown with 34 seconds remaining in the game.

The game itself was a back-and-forth battle. Esiason’s ability to lead his team in such a high-pressure situation solidified his status as one of the league’s top quarterbacks. Although the Bengals ultimately fell short, Super Bowl XXIII will always be an important part of Boomer’s career.

4. Walter Payton Man of the Year

In 1995, Boomer Esiason earned the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his charitable work. During the 1993 season, Boomer’s two-year-old son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. The Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) was formed soon afterward to fund research to find a cure for the disease. Boomer earned the 1995 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for the traction and positive impact his foundation was generating. The foundation provides scholarships, transplant grants, hospital grants, and promotes education and awareness for people with cystic fibrosis. To date, it has raised over $150 million for the fight against cystic fibrosis.

5. Throwing for 522 Yards

Late in his career, Boomer proved that he still had the talent to make an enormous impact on the game. On November 10, 1996, in his 13th season, he threw for 522 yards. This was the 3rd most single-game passing yards in NFL history at the time (now 5th) On top of that, he led his Arizona Cardinals to a 37–34 overtime victory over the Washington Redskins.

Boomer Esiason’s Impact on the NFL: A Legacy that Endures

Boomer Esiason’s impact on the NFL extends beyond his statistics and accolades. He was a trailblazer for left-handed quarterbacks and is still the all-time passing yards leader for left-handed QBs. His success paved the way for future left-handed quarterbacks, like Tua Tagovailoa, who have since made their mark on the game.

Esiason’s impact can also be seen off the field. His charitable work and dedication to giving back have made a lasting impact on many people’s lives.

Boomer Esiason’s Retirement: A Look Back at His Contributions to the Game

Boomer Esiason retired from the NFL after the 1997 season, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered for years to come. At the time of his retirement, he was top 10 in many of the NFL’s QB statistics. Today, he is still 19th all-time in touchdown passes with 247 and 18th all-time in passing yards. His contributions to the game, both on and off the field, have made a lasting impact on the NFL and its fans.

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