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Boomer Esiason's 42 career touchdown passes still rank second in program history
Marylandís Esiason Named ACC Football Legend
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 09/25/2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Former Maryland standout quarterback Boomer Esiason has been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Legends Class of 2013, the league announced on Wednesday. The 2013 Legends will be honored at the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship game in Charlotte, N.C., on December 7.

A two-time honorable mention All-American (1982, 1983) and three-year starter from 1981-83, Esiason led the Terps to a perfect 6-0 record in the ACC in 1983 to claim the school’s first conference title since 1976 and a spot in the Florida Citrus Bowl. That season, Esiason and the Terps won seven of their first eight games to climb to seventh in the nation, while Esiason threw for a school-record 2,322 yards.

A member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team, Esiason broke several offensive records during his time in College Park including completions, touchdowns and yards. Over three seasons, Esiason completed 461 of his 850 passes for 6,259 yards and 42 touchdowns, and still ranks second all-time in touchdowns, and third in attempts, completions and yards.

During his junior season in 1982, Esiason threw for 2,302 yards and a school-record 18 touchdowns to lead the Terps to an 8-4 mark and a 5-1 record in the ACC, one win shy of the conference crown, to finish the season ranked 20th nationally earning an invitation to the Aloha Bowl. Esiason led an offense that averaged 31 points a game, the highest average for a Maryland team since 1951.

Esiason played 14 seasons in the National Football League spending 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals in two stints. In 1988, Esiason earned league MVP honors and was named an All-Pro. He was also named to the Pro Bowl four times.

In 14 seasons in the NFL, Esiason completed 57 percent of his passes for 37,920 yards with 247 touchdowns.

The native of East Islip, N.Y., is currently a studio analyst for The NFL Today on CBS, is a color analyst for WestwoodOne’s radio broadcast of Monday Night Football and co-hosts a long-running and top-rated morning radio show, “Boomer and Carton,” on WFAN the Fan in New York City.

In 1993, after his son Gunnar was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Esiason created the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which has raised in excess of $100 million to fund research to find a cure for the disease of the respiratory and digestive systems. In 1995, he was honored with the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his community service.

Esiason will serve as Maryland’s final member of the ACC Football Legends. The Terps transition to the Big Ten in the 2014 season.

2013 ACC Football Legends Roster

Name

School

Years

Position

Hometown (Current Residence)

Mike Cloud

Boston College

1995-98

Running Back

Portsmouth, R.I. (Rockwell, Texas)

Terry Kinard

Clemson

1979-82

Safety

Sumter, S.C. (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)

Wes Chesson

Duke

1968-70

Halfback, End

Edenton, N.C. (Raleigh, N.C.)

Jamie Dukes

Florida State

1982-85

Guard

Orlando, Fla. (Atlanta, Ga.)

Robert Lavette

Georgia Tech

1981-84

Tailback

Cartersville, Ga. (Austell, Ga.)

Boomer Esiason

Maryland

1981-83

Quarterback

East Islip, N.Y. (Plandome, N.Y.)

Edgerrin James

Miami

1996-98

Running Back

Immokalee, Fla. (Miami, Fla.)

Ken Willard

North Carolina

1962-64

Fullback

Richmond, Va. (Midlothian, Va.)

Dave Buckey

NC State

1972-75

Quarterback

Akron, Ohio (Raleigh, N.C.)

Don Buckey

NC State

1972-75

Wide Receiver

Akron, Ohio (Raleigh, N.C.)

Johnny Majors

Pittsburgh

1973-76;

Head Coach

Lynchburg, Tenn. (Knoxville, Tenn.)

   

1993-96

   

Floyd Little

Syracuse

1964-66

Halfback

New Haven, Conn.(Syracuse, N.Y.)

Tom Scott

Virginia

1950-52

Defensive End

Baltimore, Md. (Charlottesville, Va.)

Andre` Davis

Virginia Tech

1998-01

Wide Receiver

Niskayuna, N.Y. (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

Jay Venuto

Wake Forest

1979-80

Quarterback

Salem, N.J. (Newfield, N.Y.)

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