The hard luck Cincinnati Bengals have yet to win a Super Bowl, but it was Boomer Esiason who brought them closer than anyone else had when they lost to the San Francisco 49ers on a last minute drive in Super Bowl XXIII. Fortunately for Esiason, his career did not need a Super Bowl Ring to be considered great.
Replacing the productive Ken Anderson, the powerful southpaw became one of the premier Quarterbacks in the league. During his time in Cincinnati, Esiason was a consistent producer and he turned the Bengals into a high powered attack. Mastering the play action pass, Boomer used his strength and speed and was always producing high yardage games.
Boomer Esiason may be nest known to younger football fans as a competent broadcaster, but he is still revered in Southern Ohio. He may have done enough to at least get on ballot one day, but in this age of the Quarterback, his all time statistical rankings will likely plummet in the near future.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin: West Islip, New York, U.S.A.
Eligible Since: 2003
Played for: Cincinnati Bengals New York Jets Arizona Cardinals
Drafted: 2nd Round, 38th Overall in 1984
Major Accolades and Awards: NFL Most Valuable Player (1) (1988) Pro Bowl Selections (4) (1986, 1988, 1989 & 1993) First Team All Pro Selection (1) (1988) Highest Quarterback Rating (1) (1988)
Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Passes Completed (3) (1986, 1987 & 1993) Top Ten Finishes: Passes Attempted (3) (1986, 1987 & 1993) Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards (7) (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 & 1993) Top Ten Finishes: Passing Touchdowns (7) (1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993 & 1994) Top Ten Finishes: Passing Rating (5) (1985, 1986, 1988, 1989 & 1993) Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yard/Game (6) (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993 & 1996) Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (3) (1985, 1986 & 1993)