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5. Boomer Esiason

Ken Anderson was the Bengals Quarterback when the team drafted Boomer Esiason as his heir apparent.  Esiason was a star at Maryland, and despite being drafted as late as he was, the Terrapin was the first QB chosen in 1984.

Esiason started four games as a rookie, and he took over the following season.  The QB landed Pro Bowl honors in 1986, nearly throwing for 4,000 Yards and taking Cincinnati to ten wins.  1987 was a bad year for the Bengals, but they rebounded in ’88 winning the AP MVP and taking Cincinnati back to the Super Bowl.  Sadly, the result was the same, as the Bengals lost to the team that beat them the first time, the 49ers.

Esiason was a Pro Bowler that year, and the year after, and while he was a Bengal, he was considered to be one of the better QBs in the NFL.  The Bengals arguably traded him one year too soon, as Esiason was a Pro Bowler again in his first season there, 1993.

Overall, with the Bengals, Esiason threw for 27,149 Yards and 187 Touchdowns.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 38th Overall in the NFL Draft 3/1/84.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the New York Jets for a 1993 3rdRound Pick (which would be Steve Tovar) before the 1993 Season.

  • Games Played: 134
  • Notable Statistics:

    123 Games Started
    2,015 Pass Completions
    3,564 Pass Attempts
    56.5 Pass Completion Percentage
    27,149 Passing Yards
    187 Passing Touchdowns
    131 Interceptions
    83.1 Passer Rating
    340 Rushing Attempts
    1,355 Rushing Yards
    5 Rushing Touchdowns
    4 Punts
    120 Punting Yards
    107 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    AP MVP (1988)
    PFWA MVP (1988)
    First Team All-Pro (1988)
    Pro Bowl (1986, 1988 & 1993)
    Highest Passer Rating (1988)
    Most Yards per Pass Attempt (1986 & 1988)

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