The First Step
In 1993, Esiason launched the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Knowing he was in for a battle, Boomer realized he couldn’t fight this one alone. He needed to “pick a team” and he needed each member to be as passionate and dedicated to the cause as a man with a son fighting to breathe another day. His “first round” pick was his former center with the Bengals, Dave Rimington, who was working for an import-export business in Hong Kong. Esiason simply told Rimington, "I could use a hand, buddy." Rimington returned to the states and helped launch the foundation. Football had now taken a back seat to Esiason’s new goal: being outlived by his son.