Former NFL all-star Boomer Esiason has accepted the position of commissioner of the first-ever Feline Football League (FFL). Esiason has some experience with cool cats since he was the quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. He will serve as spokesperson for the FFL, which includes a scouting combine, draft, season games and playoffs that lead up to the biggest feline showdown in history, Kitten Bowl II, premiering Su-purr Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015.
“We couldn’t have formed history’s first Feline Football League without an exceptional commissioner,” said Bill Abbott, President and CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. “Boomer Esiason is the embodiment for everything the Feline Football League stands for and we’re excited to bring him on as the new face and leader of the network’s newest league that celebrates pet adoption.”
After graduating from the University of Maryland, Esiason played a 14-year career in the NFL as quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1998 and became a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback. In 1995, Esiason was honored with the Walter Peyton Man of the Year award for his excellence on the football field as well as his charitable work through the Boomer Esiason Foundation, an organization created to fund research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
After retiring from the NFL after the 1997 season, Esiason began his career in the broadcast booth. In 2002 joined CBS Sports as a studio analyst for The NFL Today.
The FFL brings adorable—and adoptable!—kittens together with celebrities and personalities from the entertainment world as the kittens compete on the field in Hallmark Channel Stadium. Kitten Bowl II is part of Hallmark Channel’s corporate initiative “Pet Project,” a movement dedicated to celebrating pets and the incredible joy they bring to our lives. The FFL and “Kitten Bowl II” will significantly raise awareness of the plight of shelter animals across the country as Hallmark Channel once again partners with North Shore Animal League America and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, who will provide the feline competitors with forever loving homes once the games conclude.