Boomer Esiason, one of the most respected and accomplished voices in sports media, has decided not to return as color analyst for Westwood One’s NFL broadcasts after 18 years in the Monday Night Football booth.
“It has been an honor to be a member of the Westwood One NFL broadcast team for the last 18 years,” said Esiason. “I am proud to have delivered the calls for some of the most iconic Monday Night and Super Bowl moments in the history of the NFL. With my continuing busy schedule during the NFL season, including my daily NYC-based morning drive radio show, ‘The NFL Today’ and ‘Inside the NFL’, I thought the timing was right for me to step away. I would like to thank my broadcast partners in the booth who have made the job enjoyable and fulfilling. Also, I would like to thank Westwood One’s senior management and sales force, who, over the years, were instrumental in providing on-air support for the Boomer Esiason Foundation.”
Since the 2001-02 NFL season, Esiason has been the lead color analyst in the Westwood One booth alongside play-by-play partners including Kevin Harlan, Marv Albert, and Howard David. Last year’s Super Bowl LII marked Esiason’s 18th Super Bowl in the booth for Westwood One and 19th overall (ABC color analyst for Super Bowl XXXIV). With that feat, Esiason has broadcast more Super Bowls than any other announcer in NFL history.
The East Islip, NY-native also served in dual on-air roles during five Super Bowls (XXXVIII, XLI, XLIV, XLVII and L), working both for Westwood One and CBS Sports Television simultaneously, an unprecedented broadcast achievement.
Esiason also currently serves as a lead studio analyst for CBS television’s pregame, halftime and post-game program, “The NFL Today,” and co-host on WFAN radio’s highly acclaimed weekday morning program, “Morning Show with Boomer and Gio”. He is also is a member of Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” team.
“Boomer has been the constant for a generation of Monday Night Football listeners, and we can’t thank him enough for his nearly two decades of service to Westwood One,” said Howard Deneroff, EVP/Executive Producer, Westwood One Sports. “He has been the ultimate professional, a terrific broadcaster, and a great teammate to all of us who have had the good fortune of working with him.”
Before gaining his stellar reputation as a broadcaster, the 14-year NFL veteran played for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, and Arizona Cardinals. The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1988 and led the Cincinnati Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII (1989). Sporting News and Football Digest also named Esiason NFL Player of the Year that same season.
The University of Maryland product ranks 18th all-time in the NFL with 37,920 passing yards (1st for left-handed quarterbacks), 21st all-time with 2,969 completions (1st for left-handed quarterbacks) and 19th all-time with 247 touchdown passes (1st for left-handed quarterbacks). In the 1984 NFL Draft, Esiason was selected by the Bengals in the second round.
Esiason’s accomplishments stretch far beyond football. After his son Gunnar was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Esiason created the Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) in 1993 to fund research to find a cure for the deadly disease. Its mission is to provide a higher quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis. In addition, BEF provides education, awareness, and scholarships for people with the disease. To date, BEF has raised over $150 million for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
In 1995, the NFL honored him with the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his excellence on the football field as well as his charitable work through his Foundation.