2. Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback (1985 – 1992, 1997)
Norman ‘Boomer’ Esiason holds a special place for me as a Bengals fan. Without him, I would more than likely be a fan of another team at this point. When I was six, I loved the big left-handed quarterback for the Bengals and instantly became a fan. During his tenure with the Bengals, Esiason went to four Pro Bowls (’86, ’88, ’89, ’93). He was also the NFL MVP for the 1988 season, a year in which he finished with a quarterback rating of 97.4. Esiason was also surprisingly mobile as he rushed for 1,598 yards and 7 touchdowns over his career. He was also one of the first quarterbacks to successfully run a no-huddle offense. Esiason led the Bengals to their second Super Bowl, but was bested by Joe Montana’s 49ers.
To this day, Esiason still holds many records for left-handed quarterbacks. Some of these are most touchdowns (247), yards passing (37,920), and completions (2,969). He also shares a Bengals club records with the aforementioned Carson Palmer who both passed for over 300 yards five times in a season. Esiason is still very much a part of football as he spends his days now as a commentator.