The Roast of Boomer Esiason
The Former NFL Quarterback and Current NFL Commentator Will Take His Turn Getting Skewered at the Friars Club’s Infamous Event
Proceeds to benefit the Friars Foundation, Snowflake Youth Foundation and Boomer Esiason Foundation.
(New York, NY) September 10, 2013 – Former NFL quarterback and NFL MVP Boomer Esiason will take his turn in the hot seat at the next Friars Club Roast on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at a luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, just in time for NYC to host the Super Bowl. The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, who has since gone on to join CBS Sports as a studio analyst for “The NFL Today,” as well as host WFAN’s national weekday morning radio show, “Boomer and Carton in the Morning,” is no stranger to getting bruised and tackled. This time, he’ll take his turn getting skewered by comedic legends. Boomer is the latest recipient of a Friars honor, joining the ranks of recent honorees Jack Black, Tom Cruise, Don Rickles, and Betty White. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation, as well as the Gift of Laughter Wounded Warrior Program, a project of the Friars Foundation that has responded to the long-term plight and recovery of military service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have been pummeled, crushed, trampled, bashed, knocked around, flattened and stepped on by even heavier weights than the Friars comedians,” said Boomer Esiason. “Whatever they have planned I can take it….they just better be prepared for my offensive.”
According to Friars Club Abbot, Jerry Lewis, “We thought, how can we best combine the thrill of having the Super Bowl in New York along with our unique way to have a good time? Roasting Boomer brings it all together and I can’t think of a funnier experience than a 6’5” 250 pound block of solid human flesh brought down and at the same time elevated through the Friars highest honor by some of the funniest people in the business.”
Boomer Esiason has become the most visible national figure in the fight against cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening, genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Throughout his career in professional sports and the media, Esiason has been a committed and active participant in many charitable causes, but he began focusing on cystic fibrosis in 1993 when his son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with the disease. In 1994, Esiason launched the Boomer Esiason Foundation, a dynamic partnership of leaders in the medical and business communities joining with a committed core of volunteers to heighten awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure. Since its inception, the Boomer Esiason Foundation has raised more than $100 million to support research toward a cure for CF, as well as programs directly benefiting the CF community. For more information on the Boomer Esiason Foundation, please visit http://www.esiason.org.
“When selecting our latest honoree, we wanted to find someone tough enough to handle a few big hits to their ego,” said Michael Gyure, Executive Director of the Friars Club. “Boomer Esiason’s dedication to the sport of football, as well as to his charitable endeavors, makes him someone to celebrate. The Friars also have a history of honoring great sports figures through the years–Muhammad Ali, Howard Cosell, Joe DiMaggio, Sam Sneed, George Steinbrenner–it’s time we give the football greats their due. The Super Bowl’s historic coming to New York is the perfect opportunity for the Friars to dish up a Super Roast for its New York community.”
As a result of his charitable work with his and other organizations, the NFL honored Esiason in 1995 with the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in recognition of his excellence on and off the football. Esiason ended his career with 2,969 completions in 5,205 pass attempts (57 percent completion percentage) for 247 touchdowns and 37,920 yards.
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