In this series, we’ll be highlighting a different player from the storied past of the New York Jets. Today, we take a look at quarterback Boomer Esiason.
One of the most recognizable passers in New York Jets history, Boomer Esiason only spent three of his 14 NFL seasons in the Gang Green, but still left his mark on the team’s record books.
A second-round pick in the 1984 NFL draft out of Maryland, Esiason wouldn’t make his way to New York until the latter part of his career. He spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before joining the Jets prior to the 1993 season.
Esiason wasted no time making his presence felt in the Big Apple, making the Pro Bowl in his first season with the Gang Green. It was the fourth and final Pro Bowl nod of his career.
He started 42 games over three seasons with the Jets, but the team struggled to find success in the win column with Esiason under center. The Jets posted a record of just 15-27 when Esiason was their starting quarterback.
Even so, Esiason’s 8,478 career passing yards with the Gang Green are still good enough for the No. 7 spot on the team’s all-time list, as are his 49 career touchdown passes over the same stretch.
After leaving New York, Esiason spent one season with the Arizona Cardinals before finishing his career with one more season where it all started, in Cincinnati.