'Su-purr' gig: Boomer Esiason to head Feline Football League

BY Connor Kiesel • October 21, 2014

From the ill-fated XFL to scantily-clad Legends Football League (spawned from the Lingerie Bowl), all varieties of themes have inhabited the gridiron sphere.

Add to that list kittens -- with a famous ex-NFL quarterback at the helm.

After years of playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, Boomer Esiason will have his name attached to a new set of felines.

Expanding out from the Kitten Bowl, the Hallmark CHANNEL will soon bring to you the Feline Football League. Yes, that's cats taking to a football field ... of sorts. Here's the promo from last year's first Kitten Bowl to give you an idea.

With the success of the Super Bowl Sunday Puppy Bowl, could the Feline Football League be the next cultural phenomenon?

Cat lovers would surely hope so.

Esiason, who provides analysis on CBS' "NFL Today" and Westwood One, is the "embodiment for everything the Feline Football League stands for," according to Bill Abbott, president and CEO, Crown Media Family Networks.

What does "feline football" stand for?

Everything your mind could conjure in its greatest dreams, of course.

Feline Football coverage will be expansive, according to Hallmark, consisting of a scouting combine, draft, regular season, playoffs and a culminating Kitten Bowl.

All of this also helps promote a good cause too. Hallmark has partnered with North Shore ANIMAL League America and Last Hope ANIMAL Rescue and Rehabilitation to help find furry friends a home.

Commissioners can become polarizing figures among fans, but we hope all goes warm and fuzzy for Boomer and his feline friends.



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