Boomer Returns for Pep Rally

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Students attending the high school’s annual pep rally on Oct. 9 were in for a happy and historic surprise when football legend and local hero Norman “Boomer” Esiason paid an unexpected visit to congratulate East Islip on their inclusion in the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll.

After the band, kickline and cheerleaders had performed, and 11 different varsity athletic teams had been introduced and given their moment to shine, Boomer emerged on to the gymnasium floor to present the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll program’s special Wilson “golden football” to varsity football coach Sal Ciampi Jr., while accompanied by Ciampi’s father and former East Islip coach, Sal Ciampi Sr. The younger Ciampi received a commorative plaque celebrating his 100th coaching victory from Athletic Director Stephen Restivo.

High schools honored in the SBHSHR initiative, including East Islip,  receive a NFL Character Education Curriculum and are eligible to apply for NFL Foundation grants to help support and grow their football programs. 

Esaison, a graduate of Timber Point Elementary School, is an alumnus of the high school’s Class of 1979. He attended the University of Maryland before embarking on a storied 14-year National Football League career as quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. Since his retirement he has worked as a network color commentator and sports radio co-host. East Islip’s football stadium is named for him.

“Our students really appreciated seeing Boomer return to East Islip,” said Restivo. “He’s someone who grew up here, whose dedication and hard work brought him success, and he always gives back to the community. It sends a nice message.”