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Boomer Esiason Floats College Football Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

A closeup of Boomer Esiason.

NEWPORT, WALES - AUGUST 27: Boomer Esiason arrives at the red carpet Gala Dinner as part of The All-Star Cup Celebrity Golf event at the Celtic Manor Resort on August 27, 2005 Newport, Wales. The cup - the brainchild of Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - sees 2 teams of 10 celebrities from Europe and the US taking part over the Roman Road course, venue of the 2010 Ryder Cup, with Colin Montgomerie and Mark O'Meara as the non-playing captains of the European and US teams respectively. The cup will be presented by Kirsty Gallacher and Jamie Theakston. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Former NFL quarterback turned prominent New York sports radio host Boomer Esiason floated a college football coronavirus conspiracy theory on the air today.

Several players at major college football programs in the South have been testing positive for COVID-19. Clemson, the likely preseason No. 1, has 37 total positive cases. The Tigers had 14 positive cases over the weekend, bringing their overall total to nearly 40.

Esiason, who played at Maryland before going on to play in the NFL from 1984-97, suggested that it's possible some teams are trying to get positive cases.

"I have to be really careful here," Esiason begins, before delving into the theory. "I don't want to say that this is an accusation...are they trying to herd immunity their teams? So, these guys can get sick now, as opposed to during the college football season, if in fact there is one."

"I'm telling you right now, I wouldn't put it past any of those guys down there."

"I think it's going on," Esiason added. "It's too much of a coincidence."

Esiason, a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, is the co-host of Boomer and Gio with Gregg Giannotti on WFAN. He also serves as an NFL analyst for CBS.

He is not the first person to discuss the "herd immunity" theory, but he is one of the first to do it on a national platform.

The 2020 college football season is scheduled to begin in late August/early September. Of course, the pandemic has everything in doubt.