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Boomer Esiason's wife Cheryl Esiason is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Boomer Esiason Foundation. That's a big deal since the foundation, which raises money to fund research for a cure to cystic fibrosis, has raised over $100 million.
The Boomer Esiason Foundation was started because Boomer and his wife's son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of 2, and ever since the couple has been dedicated to helping fight the disease. Gunnar himself says of the Foundation: "Because of BEF, I have been able to reach out to the CF community and try to reassure everyone who has been affected by this disease that CF isn't the end of the world if they don't want it to be. That has been my main goal." That's pretty cool how people afflicted with the disease can band together and reach out to one another.
Boomer and his wife Cheryl also have a daughter not afflicted by cystic fibrosis, but she is afflicted by super hotness. She's dated Matt Martin of the NY Islanders, and she looks like your classic blonde All-American girl. There's even been coverage of her being on spring break on the internet. That's when you know you've made it as a professional NFL quarterback and then broadcaster-- when your daughter is finally being covered by sleazy internet gossip sites about how her spring break vacation is going. Boomer and wife Cheryl need to give each other high-fives whenever they create that extra little internet tidbit while they're working tirelessly to stop cystic fibrosis. Their son Gunnar now needs to step up his spring-breakingness and do some jello shots or keg stands or something.
Just as a sidenote: Mr. Esiason is regarded as one of the best left-handed quarterbacks in NFL history. That's kind of a backhanded compliment isn't it? He won the 1988 NFL MVP and was one of the biggest and most mobile quarterbacks of the 80's (6'5" and 224 pounds and about 1600 rushing yards).
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HBO's Hard Knocks has proven time and again to be a goldmine for interesting stories about players off the field. 2013 was no different, giving us more great information, including an introduction to Giovani Bernard's girlfriend Chloe Call.
Giovani Bernard and Chloe Call have been together since 2012 while attending the University of North Carolina. Chloe helped her boyfriend get around his rookie camp with the Bengals, by loaning him a minivan owned by her mother. Taking a page from Alfred Morris in Washington who is driving a 1991 sedan, Bernard said he preferred the minivan to taking on huge car payments. A rare sign of financial responsibility from a rookie in the NFL.
With more nights like Bernard's breakout performance on Monday Night Football in week 2 against the Steelers, Bernard is going to put himself in a position to never have to worry about car payments again. Bernard and the Bengals are gearing up to take on the Packers in a game sure to garner more national attention for the first year back. We'll keep an eye out for a cutaway to Call in the stands during the game after a Bernard TD.
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Question for fantasy nerds like us out there: After Calvin, is AJ Green the first wide receiver off the board? He's gotta be, right? If that's the case, then it's more than time for us to find out about AJ Green's girlfriend Miranda Brooke (and yes, I see you people in Cincinnati screaming he should have been covered years ago,... we're getting to it).
Miranda Brooke is a singer signed to Island Def Jam records who has had moderate success in the hip hop/R&B arena (see one of her videos below). The couple has been together since at least AJ Green's rookie year when he told a Bengals.com writer that Brooke would one day be more famous than him. The couple was photographed together attending the Pro Bowl in his rookie season of 2011-2012. On July 18, 2013, AJ Green took to Twitter with the news that we can now refer to his former girlfriend now as AJ Green's fiance Miranda Brooke.
Couldn't have dreamt of a better woman to spend the rest of my life with!!! @mirandabrooke_ you complete me! Engaged!
Speaking of Twitter, we sleuthed around and noticed that Brooke followed not only AJ Green, but also AJ Green's brother, and AJ Green's barber, which means,... well, you know,.... Wait, what? That doesn't mean anything?