You can count on three things in life:
1) The sun will rise tomorrow.
2) You will run into your ex when you least expect it and you will look your absolute worst.
3) Rich Eisen will deliver at the NFL Combine.
What started out in 2005 as just a dude having fun on the job – curious to see what his speed would be in the 40 – has turned into a ONE MILLION DOLLAR fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“I never thought it would become so lasting and important. St. Jude depends on every penny to stay in business, it’s all donation based. Nobody sees a bill when they go there for housing, transportation, groceries, and obviously health care. Nobody sees a bills when they go to St. Jude. It’s an amazing place on earth, in Memphis. I’m humbled by people running and wanting to be part of it, and tweeting about it. Making a movement, if you will.”
That movement extends to guys like Bill Belichick, who casually stopped by the set yesterday to drop off a check for Eisen.
And because it’s such a big event now, this year Eisen actually trained specifically for the 40-yard dash with Jay Glazer.
“I’m turning 50 this year and I really did think back to the feeling I get when I’m back on the air after I try so hard at running the 40-yard dash and I disappoint Deion (Sanders) and he gives me that look and that, ‘Maaaaan.’ He gives me that sort of look that shows he’s disappointed in me. I remembered that and it’s something that you don’t want to be on the business end of.”
So how did he do?
Well, per usual, he’s not faster than soon-to-be professional athletes, even with the 4/5 yard head start, and that includes the slowest at this year’s combine, Stanford guard Nate Herbig. (To be fair, this was head to head with zero advantage to Eisen.)
*Deion Sanders: “Oh no Rich. Come on. Why ya’ll do Rich like that. Rich got kids man, watchin.”*
He’s also not faster than the Simulcam guy…
*Primetime: “Ya’ll can’t grab regular men!”*
(He’s right. This was cold-blooded.)
Or 2016 or 2018 Rich.
But he is faster than 2017 Rich!
And a random high school kid, who frankly has a massive age advantage, so hell yeah that counts!
Congrats on the wins, Rich! You’re an American treasure.