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Boomer Esiason named commissioner of Feline Fantasy League

Boomer Esiason co-hosts WFAN's morning show with Craig

Boomer Esiason co-hosts WFAN's morning show with Craig Carton on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Boomer Esiason has added a job to his busy portfolio, one that will involve working with creatures far more adorable than Craig Carton, Kevin Harlan, Bart Scott or Brandon Marshall.

The Hallmark Channel announced Tuesday that the CBS/Showtime analyst, WFAN host and former NFL and East Islip High School quarterback will serve as commissioner of the Feline Fantasy League, whose season culminates Feb. 1 -- Super Bowl Sunday -- with Kitten Bowl II.

"I'm going to oversee the scouting combine, the draft, the games, the playoffs for Kitten Bowl II," Esiason said on air.

Last season's inaugural Kitten Bowl was hosted by Beth Stern, who will return for KBII, with a meow-by-meow call from John Sterling. The event is designed to raise awareness for pet adoption.

"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," Bill Abbott, president of Crown Media Family Networks, said in a release.

Carton, Esiason's WFAN co-host, expressed surprise on the air Wednesday that Esiason would be interested in the job, given that in his personal life he mostly has been a dog person.

Esiason said he is an animal lover in general, including cats.

"I had to speak to some animals in my life to make sure this was OK with them," Esiason said. "I had to go home and tell Beanie, Buckley and Billie. They happen to be dogs. I had to tell them, 'Listen, I want to get involved with this feline league, they are asking me to be commissioner.' The older dogs didn't seem to have a problem with it, although Beanie seemed a little upset."

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