When he's not barking into a microphone about the most recent snafu by Mets ownership or Jets coach Rex Ryan, Esiason plays in a pickup hockey league, and he says the sport is his greatest passion, next to football. As a New York resident, he is, not surprisingly, a New York Rangers season ticket holder, but that doesn't mean his home turf (or ice, as the case may be) ranks as the top spot in his heart.
In fact, Esiason says that when it comes to picking a favorite venue to watch, he's torn. "Boston and Washington are two of the best venues I've ever been in for hockey," Esiason says of TD Bank Garden and Verizon Center, respectively. "They look like they were built for it – the ice fits perfectly right in the building and all the seats are great. It's almost as if those buildings should have been built in Canada. Fantastic atmosphere."