Boomer Esiason Exits ‘The NFL Today’: A CBS Sports Shocker

Boomer Esiason Exits 'The NFL Today': A CBS Sports Shocker

Boomer Esiason, the renowned WFAN host and former NFL quarterback, has decided to step away from his role on CBS’ ‘The NFL Today’ show, alongside fellow former New York quarterback Phil Simms. While CBS made the decision to replace Esiason on the show, he expressed that leaving was something he had been contemplating for some time.

During an interview on ‘The Dan LeBatard Show,’ Esiason shared that his departure was motivated by a desire to find a better work-life balance. At 63 years old, Esiason acknowledged that he cherished his time on the show, connecting with football fans every Sunday. However, he felt it was the right moment to prioritize personal time.

Esiason’s announcement came on the heels of signing a long-term deal to continue his radio show on WFAN with co-host Gregg Giannotti. In contrast, Phil Simms, aged 68, disclosed that he would not be returning to CBS after a remarkable 26-year tenure.

Reflecting on his decision, Esiason mentioned that he would have considered returning for one more year if CBS had expressed interest. With the network undergoing changes following the retirement of CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus, Esiason felt the timing was natural for his exit. He highlighted that despite his appreciation for the platform CBS provided, he was ready to conclude this chapter of his career.

Matt Ryan and J.J. Watt are set to step into the roles vacated by Esiason and Simms on the show, joining James Brown, Nate Burleson, and Bill Cowher. Esiason expressed gratitude for his time at CBS, noting that throughout his tenure, he tackled numerous controversial topics in the NFL without receiving pushback from the network.

Ultimately, Esiason emphasized that he harbors no animosity towards CBS or its staff, recognizing his departure as a natural progression in his career. As he bids farewell to ‘The NFL Today,’ Esiason’s legacy as a respected voice in football commentary remains intact, paving the way for new personalities to carry the torch on the iconic show.


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