How Tall Is Boomer Esiason: Former American football quarterback and sports analyst Norman Julius “Boomer” Esiason spent 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Cincinnati Bengals before moving on to ESPN as a sports analyst. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft, and he played for the team for a total of 10 seasons, none of which were consecutive.
Esiason has also played for the New York Jets and the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. To this day, he remains the only Bengals quarterback to have guided the team to a postseason victory, accomplishing this feat in 1990.
During his playing career, Esiason was selected to four Pro Bowls and was named to the first team of the All-Pro Football League. With the Bengals, he had his most successful season in 1988, when he was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and guided the team to a Super Bowl trip in Super Bowl XXIII, which ended in a tight loss. After nine seasons with the Bengals, Esiason played three seasons with the New York Giants and one season with the Arizona Cardinals before returning to the team for his last season in 1997, when the Bengals won the Super Bowl.
He has worked as an analyst for CBS Sports on The NFL Today and Showtime’s Inside the NFL since his retirement from football. Previously, he had worked for ABC, HBO, and Westwood One as a football analyst before that. He also broadcasts the morning sports radio show Boomer and Gio on WFAN in New York, which he co-hosts with his brother Gio.
Esiason was born and reared in the New York City borough of East Islip. He was given the moniker “Boomer” before he was even born. His mother, Irene, dubbed him “Boomer” when he was in the womb because of his frequent kicking. He has retained the moniker ever since.
At the age of 37, Irene, who was a singer, dancer, and pianist from whom he acquired his blond hair and blue eyes, died of ovarian cancer when he was seven years old. He was the youngest of three children. His father, a World War II veteran who never remarried, reared Esiason and his two sisters despite the fact that he had to commute to New York City for three hours every day.
His father was of Norwegian and Swedish ancestry; his grandmother Nora Ingrid Gulbrandsen was born in Norway, while his grandpa Fritz Henning Esiason was born in Sweden; his father was born in Norway, and his mother was born in Sweden. His father was a relative of Slvi Wang, a Norwegian actress, and singer who was also a cousin of Slvi Wang.
He went to Timber Point Elementary School and East Islip High School, where he graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He was a three-sport varsity athlete in high school, participating in football, basketball, and baseball.
Esiason was a member of the University of Maryland football team under head coaches Jerry Claiborne and Bobby Ross, as well as offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen, during his undergraduate career. A scholarship to attend Maryland was the only one that he received.
He set a total of 17 school records during his time in Maryland. He completed 461 of 850 passes (54.2 percent), for a total of 6,169 yards and 42 touchdowns, while also throwing 27 interceptions. In 1982 and 1983, he was named to the All-American second team as an honorable mention.
As part of a comeback victory over No. 3 North Carolina, he tossed two touchdown passes in the third quarter to help the ACC clinch the championship in his home finale. He obtained his B.A. from the university in 1984 and was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999.