86. Boomer Esiason

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86.  Boomer Esiason
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.

Should Boomer Esiason be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 67.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.9%
No opinion. - 0.7%
No way! - 6.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: West Islip, New York, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 2003
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Played For: Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets
  • College: Maryland
  • 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: Approximate Value (1) (1988)
    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)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 23.  Passing Touchdowns: 247
    24.  Passing Yards: 37,920
    25.  Passes Attempted: 5,205
    27.  Passes Completed: 2,969
    55.  Passing Yards per Game: 202.8
    63.  Passer Rating: 81.1
    92.  Pass Completion Percentage: 57.0

Should Boomer Esiason be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 67.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.9%
No opinion. - 0.7%
No way! - 6.5%


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Last modified on Saturday, 26 October 2019 15:53


0 #3 EW 2019-10-10 23:46
Lewis Billups dropped the interception early in the 4th quarter, not on the final drive. He dropped it when the score was 13-6, then Rice scored on the next play.

Boomer was terrible all game so deserves blame for them losing the game. Kelly I guess you can knock for later losses to Washington and Dallas, although the Bills were just much inferior to their opponents. He played alright in Super Bowl 25, definitely better than Boomer in SB 23, but their defense was awful at stopping 3rd downs. Forget wide right and look at how terrible Buffalo's defense was at stopping NY on 3rd downs. Buffalo would have been ahead if they weren't constantly letting NY convert on 3rd and long.
+3 #2 bengalfaninIN 2014-09-26 21:53
The thing about Esiason is this. If it's because he didn't win a super bowl you don't want him, then you're being thick headed. Both Boomer and Jim Kelly were within a single play of winning a Super Bowl, a play they had no part in that could have ended the game with a win for their team. That's why the 'rings are the reason' arguments end up being so silly sometimes. (Bengals DB dropped an interception in the end zone just before the game winning touchdown for the 49ers. Victory formation would have sealed the deal.)
You surely remember wide right? (Jim Kelly's Bills losing to the Giants on a missed FG attempt.)
-2 #1 P Smith 2012-12-25 16:49
Good, but not good enough or for long enough.

Putting Esiason in before Drew Bledsoe would be a joke.

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