Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Esiason, staff spared Trade Center tragedy

Former Bengal's offices were on 101st floor

By Paul Daugherty and Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The offices of the Boomer Esiason Foundation were on the 101st floor of one of the 110-story World Trade Center towers — but Esiason and the foundation's estimated five employees were not in the office at the time of the terrorist attack.

        Esiason, a former Bengals quarterback, was in Denver, where he did the broadcast of Monday night's Denver Broncos-New York Giants NFL game for CBS Radio Sports/Westwood One.

        Reached in Denver Tuesday afternoon, Esiason said none of the people who worked for him was in the building but that, “My offices were all wiped out.”

        Esiason said the employ ees of his foundation, including former Bengals center Dave Rimington, were to report late to work that morning. Foundation executive director Tami Amaker “was going in as people were running out. She jumped in a cab and went home,” he said.

        But the impact of the attack on Esiason's foundation is unknown. A number of board members and supporters worked in the World Trade Center.

        “About 150 guys who have supported everything I've done are probably no longer around,” he said.

        Esiason runs the foundation to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. His son, Gunnar, has the disease.

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