Boomer Esiason Profile

American football hero, Boomer Esiason is the most visible national figure in the fight against cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Sharing stories from his personal and professional life Esiason inspires audiences across the country to overcome challenges and failures while getting the most of every single day.

One of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history, Esiason is no stranger to difficulty. His mother died of ovarian cancer when he was only seven, leaving his family financially strained and emotionally devastated. Boomer used his talent for football to give his broken-hearted father something to smile about, and indeed he did. After setting 17 school records at the University of Maryland, he was drafted into the NFL by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1984. In 1988, he led the Bengals to the Super Bowl and was voted Most Valuable Player of the league. His dad was also able to see Esiason retire from football and begin a successful broadcasting career as a sports commentator and host of a successful morning radio talk, the New York-based Boomer and Carton.

Throughout his career in professional sports and the media, Esiason has been a committed and active participant in many charitable causes, but he began focusing on cystic fibrosis in 1993 when his son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with the disease. In 1994, he launched the Boomer Esiason Foundation, a dynamic partnership of leaders in the medical and business communities joining with a committed core of volunteers to heighten awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure. Since its inception, the Boomer Esiason Foundation has raised more than $100 million to support research toward a cure for CF, as well as programs directly benefiting the CF community.

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    Boomer Esiason is the veteran NFL quarterback who led the Cincinnati Bengals to the 1989 Super Bowl. A left-handed quarterback, Esiason starred at the University of Maryland and was chosen by the Bengals in the second round of the 1984 college draft. He became the team′s starter in 1985. He was the league′s top quarterback in 1988 with a 97.4 rating, completing 223 of 388 passes for 3,572 yards and 28 touchdowns.

    After sub-par seasons in 1991 and 1992, Esiason was written off by Cincinnati and by many observers. Traded to the New York Jets for a third-round draft choice, he returned to form in 1993, completing 288 of 473 passes for 3,421 yards and 16 touchdowns. Replaced as the Jets′ starter during the 1995 season, Esiason signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in 1996 and returned to the Bengals in 1997. He retired after that season. In his NFL career, Esiason completed 2969 of 5205 passes for 37920 yards and 247 touchdowns, with 184 interceptions.

    Esiason now leads the fight against cystic fibrosis. When his son was diagnosed with the disease in 1993, Boomer knew he had to do everything he could to help raise awareness and find a cure for this debilitating and ultimately fatal lung disease.

    Today, thanks to his efforts and energy, the Boomer Esiason Foundation has raised millions of dollars for cystic fibrosis research, with most proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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NFL legend and media commentator, Boomer Esiason uses his trials and successes to teach valuable lessons on interpersonal relationships, collaboration, and navigating the ups and downs of life while living every moment to the fullest.

In addition to sharing valuable life lessons relevant for anyone looking to succeed, Esiason also advocates the importance of family financial planning, motivated by the hardship he and his father faced after his mother’s battle with cancer took her life when Esiason was only seven. As the father of two Millennials, he connects strongly to younger and older generations alike.

Overcoming Life’s Challenges

When Boomer’s son, Gunnar, was diagnosed at two with cystic fibrosis there was a choice to make... step back, or step up. Boomer chose to use his celebrity status to lead the fight against the disease.


As a quarterback in the NFL, Boomer knew early on that he could not have success without the support of his teammates. If his linemen didn’t block, his receivers didn’t catch and his running backs didn’t run, what success could he possibly have?

Determination and Perseverance

Boomer only had one college offer him a football scholarship. He began his college career 7th on the depth chart. He was told he’d never make it. 14 years in the NFL with a Super Bowl appearances, 4 Pro Bowls and NFL MVP Trophy.

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Books by Boomer Esiason:

    Toss (A Novel)

    New York Stars, the rookie quarterback figures the world is his oyster. Reality sets in after meeting his football “family” — the all-too benevolent owner, Papa Goldman; his daughter, the Stars′ Director of Communications, Dominique, who has a certain fondness for quarterbacks; a frustrated head coach; a team full of malcontents and racial tensions; and a very shady Director of Player Personnel.

    But all of his concerns become secondary when an ex-Stars quarterback is murdered, and Brody finds himself hustling just to stay alive, while confronting the scars of his own past. With a little luck, smarts, and help from a beautiful aspiring actress, this is one time he can′t drop the ball. Someone seems intent on sabotaging the Stars, and perhaps the future of entire football league is at stake.

    Retired gridiron great Boomer Esiason has delivered a sharp, edgy, insiders look at the game and the business of professional football.

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