124. Boomer Esiason

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124.  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 best 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 the 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! - 65.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.6%
No opinion. - 0.5%
No way! - 8%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: West Islip, New York, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 2003
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Games Played: 187
  • Notable Statistics: 2,969 Pass Completions
    5,205 Pass Attempts
    57.0 Pass Completion Percentage
    37,920 Passing Yards
    247 Touchdowns Passes
    184 Interceptions
    81.1 Passer Rating
    447 Rushing Attempts
    1,598 Rushing Yards
    7 Rushing Touchdowns
    1 Reception
    -8 Receiving Yards
    4 Punts
    120 Punting Yards
    137 Approximate Value

    5 Playoff Games
    51 Pass Completions
    99 Pass Attempts
    51.5 Pass Completion PErcentage
    600 Passing Yards
    4 Touchdowns Passes
    3 Interceptions
    71.1 Passer Rating
    19 Rushing Attempts
    105 Rushing Yards
    1 Rushing Touchdown
  • Played For: Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets
  • College: Maryland
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 38th Overall in 1984
  • Major Accolades and Awards: AP Most Valuable Player (1) (1988)
    The Sporting News Player of the Year (1) (1988)
    UPI Offensive Player of the Year (1) (1988)
    Walter Payton Man of the Year (1) (1995)
    First Team All-Pro Selection (1) (1988)
    Pro Bowl Selections (4) (1986, 1988, 1989 & 1993)
    Highest Passer Rating (1) (1988)
    Most Yards per Pass Attempt (2) (1986 & 1988)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (1) (1988)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completions (3) (1986, 1987 & 1993)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Attempts (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: Passer Rating (5) (1985, 1986, 1988, 1989 & 1993)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards per Game (6) (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993 & 1996)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Pass Attempt (7) (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 & 1993)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Pass Completion (9) (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993 & 1996)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Attempts per Game (3) (1987, 1993 & 1996)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completions per Game (4) (1986, 1987, 1993 & 1996)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (3) (1985, 1986 & 1993)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 24.  Passing Yards: 37,920
    25.  Pass Attempts: 5,205
    25.  Passing Touchdowns: 247
    29.  Pass Completions: 2,969
    48.  Yards per Pass Attempt: 7.3
    51.  Yards per Pass Completion: 12.8
    62.  Passing Yards per Game: 202.8
    73.  Passer Rating: 81.1
    74.  Pass Attempts per Game: 27.8
    77.  Pass Completions per Game: 15.9

Should Boomer Esiason be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 65.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.6%
No opinion. - 0.5%
No way! - 8%
Last modified on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 19:34

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+1 #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.
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+2 #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.)
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-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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