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Regarded as the greatest locker-room leader the Bengals ever had, Esiason helped orchestrate the most memorable comeback in franchise history when he re-grouped them after the 1987 strike and led the club within 34 seconds of winning the Super Bowl the next season. Executing head coach Sam Wyche's revolutionary no huddle scheme, he chaired the NFL's No. 1 offense and won the league passing title and MVP. Using the game's best play fake, the three-time Pro Bowler uncorked the Bengals' single biggest passing day with 490 yards during a 1990 overtime win over the Rams and he still has the club's longest career average throw of 7.6 yards. He returned at age 36 for a Big Chill finish of 4-1 in his last five starts that included a career-best 106 passer rating and a 77-yard touchdown on No. 7's last NFL pass. He's become better known in this century as a ubiquitous NFL voice for CBS and other outlets as well as a tireless advocate for Cystic Fibrosis at Cincinnati's Children Hospital and everywhere else he brings the fight with his son Gunnar.

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