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USNS Comfort Public Affairs Office
MSC PAO 01-57
For more information, contact:
Marge Holtz or Bridget Morris
202-685-5055 or 202-494-6524
September 28, 2001

Fox Sports broadcasts from USNS Comfort
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ABOARD USNS COMFORT IN NEW YORK CITY...Fox Sports, the National Football League and the Navy teamed on Sun., Sept. 23, to let the nation know that terrorism will not win and life will return to normal. Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason broadcast his show, NFL Sunday, from the flight deck of Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort.

The show focused on the NFL's return and the impact of the terrorist attacks on professional football and sports in general. Esiason explained why it was important to broadcast from Comfort.

"I've had a close association with the Navy my entire life. I had an uncle on board the Nevada at Pearl Harbor, and I've had the chance to work with the Navy ships Enterprise, Kennedy and Wasp. In times like this, we lean on our military for comfort and security, and when the opportunity came to do the show from Comfort, I was all for it. It shows our support for the Navy."

Esiason had another connection to the terrible events of Sept. 11. His foundation, the Boomer Esiason Foundation, was headquartered at the World Trade Center. Fortunately none of the foundation's staff was in the office at the time of the attacks. Esiason's offices were headquartered in space around the Cantor Fitzgerald Financial Services. Cantor Fitzgerald lost more than 700 people in the attack.

During one segment of the show, Esiason welcomed Adm. Robert J. Natter, Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, onto his show. He and Adm. Natter spoke of the need to get football back on the air and return America to a normal routine.

The all-star quarterback took pictures and signed autographs for crewmembers aboard Comfort. He and the five-person Fox crew also enjoyed lunch in the ship's galley.

Comfort has been docked at Pier 92 on the west side of Manhattan since Sept. 14. The ship has been providing logistical support services to thousands of rescue workers since then. The ship has provided round-the-clock meals, laundry services and lodging for rescue workers.