The four-time Pro Bowl QB, who also hosts WFAN’s national weekday morning radio show “Boomer and Carton in the Morning,” will be ridiculed Jan. 30, 2014, at a lunch event at the Waldorf Astoria New York hotel. Roast will take place just ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Feb. 2, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
“I have been pummeled, crushed, trampled, bashed, knocked around, flattened and stepped on by even heavier weights than the Friars comedians,” Esiason said in a statement. “Whatever they have planned I can take it… They just better be prepared for my offensive.”
During his NFL career, the 52-year-old Long Island native played for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness of cystic fibrosis and finding a cure for the disease, and the Gift of Laughter Wounded Warrior Program, a project of the Friars Foundation to help military service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to Friars Club Abbot Jerry Lewis, “We thought, how can we best combine the thrill of having the Super Bowl in New York along with our unique way to have a good time? Roasting Boomer brings it all together and I can’t think of a funnier experience than a 6’5” 250-pound block of solid human flesh brought down and at the same time elevated through the Friars highest honor by some of the funniest people in the business.”
Other recent Friars honorees have included Quentin Tarantino, Jack Black, Tom Cruise, Don Rickles and Betty White.
Members of the Friars Club, founded in 1904, include Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Brian Williams, Barbra Streisand, Jerry Seinfeld, Rosario Dawson, CBS CEO Les Moonves, Whitney Cummings, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro.
Currently there are no plans for televising the Esiason roast. For the first time, a limited number of tickets to the Friars Club Roast will be made available to the public, the group said.