Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Run Rich Run headlines the final day of the NFL Draft

PASADENA, Calif. ( Associated Press) — What started out as a dare during the NFL Scouting Combine has grown into much more for Rich Eisen.

Last Saturday at the Rose Bowl, the NFL Network host participated in his 18th “Run Rich Run.” Eisen donned his suit and tie to run a 40-yard dash at the iconic stadium, celebrating his centenary this year.

“Run Rich Run” will air on the NFL Network during Saturday’s coverage of the final day of the NFL Draft.

The Rose Bowl also has a special meaning for Eisen. He covered the 1990 game as a student at the University of Michigan. It was Bo Schimbekler’s last game as the Wolverines lost to USC.

“I had always dreamed of making a career in sports, broadcasting or television, or anything like that. I love that I’m back here at the Rose Bowl with an event like this. Words can’t describe how good it is,” Eisen said.

Eisen’s first dash came during a lull at the 2005 conjunction, when Terrell Davis thought Eisen was joking when he asked Davis how fast he thought he could run.

Eisen ran 6.77 seconds at the old RCA Dome in Indianapolis in 2005 without training and wearing wingtips. This has been his slowest time.

His fastest was 5.94 in 2016, which was less than six seconds out of four.

A photo of Eisen running at 40 was the cover of his 2008 book. A silhouette of him running in a suit and tie is the logo of his talk show.

Since 2015, “Run Rich Run” has also been a fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Last year’s campaign raised a record $1.7 million.

Fans from the past seven years have been encouraged to submit videos featuring 40 of them to social media using the hashtags #RunRichRun or #RunYour40.

“It’s become so embedded in everything I do. It was a total lark (in 2005),” Eisen said. “Leagues and networks support this by asking people across the country to run in their work suits or work clothes and send videos. I’ve seen people in firefighters, hazmat suits, lab coats, high heels, business attire. It just blows me away. ,

As of 2020, Eisen’s run took place during the combine and was shown during the last day of coverage. When the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the 2021 conjunction, the event had to find a new venue. It also saw an opportunity to increase participation.

Last year’s event was held at Sophie Stadium ahead of the draft. While Eisen’s dash remained the main attraction, NFL veterans teamed up with entrepreneurs. Each pair ran a 40-yard dash, with the shortest combined time being declared the winner.

Former players Chris Carter, Michael Vick, Rod Woodson, Robert Griffin III and Eric Metcalf ran this year. Entrepreneurs who participated were Vineet Bharara, Melissa Bridgford, Michael Jacconi, Alex Lieberman, Mark Lowrey and Sebastian Tomich.

Lore, the co-owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, was the one who came up with the idea last year to pair veterans with entrepreneurs.

“We get to meet people in a different light than the people we usually meet,” Carter said. “We have a lot of good people around the league. And he’s rich. A lot of it we’re supporting him.”

Essen, veteran and entrepreneur, Alexander, an 11-year-old St. Jude patient who served as the official timekeeper. Alexander was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer, in 2017. He was treated at St. Jude and is now cancer free.

“He got a call (early last week) to say he had got a clean scan for the first time in a long time. And he’s running, his mom’s here and here not worrying about anything other than being here at the Rose Bowl and running around. So that’s great,” Eisen said.

“It looks easy, just running in a straight line. But it’s a significant physical effort. And of course, as you get older, it gets harder. But I do this then.” I’ll do it until someone wants to see a middle-aged man run and raise money for St. Jude.

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