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Top 50 Moments: Boomer Esiason Goes Deep on Final NFL Throw

Posted Sep 28, 2017

In the NFL equivalent of Ted Williams homering in his last at-bat, No. 7 uncorks a 77-yard touchdown pass to Darnay Scott on his last NFL throw against Baltimore in the 1997 finale on Dec. 21 at Cinergy Field.

In the NFL equivalent of Ted Williams homering in his last at-bat, No. 7 uncorks a 77-yard touchdown pass to Darnay Scott on his last NFL throw against Baltimore in the 1997 finale on Dec. 21 at Cinergy Field.

But no one knows it is Boomer Esiason's last pass until nearly a month later, when he opts for the Monday Night TV booth instead of a new deal from the Bengals.

When head coach Bruce Coslet turns to the 36-year-old Esiason to finish out a 3-8 season for the slumping Jeff Blake, he discovers a guy who was even better than the brash Long Island kid that was mad he was taken in the second round in 1984.

Esiason became an NFL MVP and Pro Bowler in his first reincarnation in Cincinnati and he was even better in those magical last five games when he fired 13 touchdown passes and had a 106.9 passer rating leading the Bengals to a 4-1 finish that included the 16-14 win over the Ravens.

In 10 seasons and two stops, Esiason was the heart and soul of a franchise.

And for one day in December, he was Ted Williams.

Against, of all things, a Marvin Lewis defense.

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