Esiason confirmed Monday that he is leaving his position as analyst on
Westwood One's broadcast of Monday Night Football. He said "the timing was
right for me to step away," according to USA Today.
He had worked on the Monday night broadcast for 18 years, partnering most
recently with Kevin Harlan. He called the Super Bowl, as well, each of those
Esiason cited a busy schedule as his reason for dropping this job. He also
hosts a daily drive-time radio show in New York and works on both CBS' "The
NFL Today" and on "Inside the NFL" on Showtime. He also runs the Boomer
Esiason Foundation, which raises money to fight cystic fibrosis. He formed the
foundation in 1993 after his son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with the condition.
Now 57, Esiason spent 14 years in the NFL, playing with Cincinnati, Arizona
and the New York Jets. He led the Bengals to the Super Bowl following the 1988
season, the same year he was named NFL Most Valuable Player.
The New York Post reported Monday that another former MVP quarterback, Kurt
Warner, is the leading candidate to take over for Esiason on the radio
Newsday reported Esiason will do one more game on Westwood One -- the
regular-season opener between the Falcons and Eagles in Philadelphia.
--Field Level Media