Quick Stats: Boomer Esiason CBS Sports analyst/radio host/former NFL quarterback
Daily Driver: 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT (Boomer's rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: 2009 Cadillac Escalade (rating: 10); 2010 Chevy Tahoe (rating: 9.5)
Favorite road trip: Cincinnati to New York
Car he learned to drive in: 1969 Oldsmobile 442
First car bought: 1972 Ford Bronco
Each weekday morning CBS Sports analyst and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason must channel his best inner Indy racer at 4:30 a.m. on one of New York's most travelled highways, as he commutes to his morning radio gig on WFAN.
Due to his success in football and broadcasting, Esiason can live anywhere. But he chose to return to Long Island, where he was born and raised. That means much of his time is spent in the car, logging lots of miles on the locally infamous Long Island Expressway, which he considers "off-road driving."
The ride he uses to handle the commute is his sturdy Cadillac Escalade EXT. "I feel really safe in the car, I believe it's a heavier truck than a normal car," he expounds. "I used to like sedans, but I haven't driven a sedan in 15 years. I have been a full-sized SUV user, so I don't make any apologies for that. But when you're on the LIE, it is off-road driving. It is a little bit Indy 500, a little bit Talladega. The speed bumps are in the middle of the road and there are potholes, so you need something that you feel comfortable in."
The LIE (or the "Talladega Expressway" as Esiason affectionately dubs it) is the automotive version of New York, which is immortalized in the famous Sinatra song -- if you can make it there, chances are, well, you can drive anywhere. It's survival of the fittest driver.
"It has lumps," he describes the LIE. "It's like an old dog, old dogs develop lumps in their body. Even though they try to fix and maintain it, they do the best they can, with the amount of traffic that's on it on a daily basis. What I mean about Talladega and the Indy 500 -- you get some psychos out there on the road and it's everybody for themselves."
It doesn't matter what hour it is on the LIE, a driver has to be alert. "It could be one of the most dangerous roads ever to drive on at that hour in the morning," Esiason says. "There are cars on the road and trucks barreling down. Whether it be box trucks, delivery trucks, dump trucks, 18-wheelers, little Honda Accords whipping in and out, young guys trying to get to work, trying to impress. I don't know who they're trying to impress, it's a safari to say the least."