The NFL Scouting Combine is a chance for college football players to increase their stock in hopes of becoming a high selection in the forthcoming NFL Draft. Every year, Heisman Trophy winners and small-school heroes suddenly burst onto the national stage, and it only takes a few impressive drills to get noticed. Arguably the most important drill is the 40-yard dash, but not a single NFL player, past or present, has ever ran one as important as the NFL Network studio host Rich Eisen.
Every year, Eisen runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine while wearing his suit. While every event is pretty hilarious watching Eisen slowly rumble toward the finish, he’s turned his annual run into a phenomenon that means so much more than a six-second sprint could ever tell you.
Back in 2005, NFL Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis first challenged Eisen to make the run at the old RCA Dome in Indianapolis (The combine is still in Indy, but now takes place at Lucas Oil Stadium). Eisen blew the doors off of the place… with laughter.
He ran the 40-yard dash in 6.77 seconds, which, not shockingly, was slower than every other athlete that year. His personal best came in 2016 when Eisen blazed his way to a 5.94-second time.
For reference on how slow the Brooklyn, New York native really is, spend two minutes watching NFL talent absolutely roast him in this side-by-side graphic.
However, Eisen doesn’t just run this thing because he likes to have former draft analyst Mike Mayock, who’s now the general manager of the Oakland Raiders, time him every year. He’s doing to for an amazing cause.
Eisen began the Run Rich Run campaign to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In 2017, Eisen was honored as the 12th recipient of the Pat Summerall Award, given to honor outstanding broadcasters who use their platform to benefit others around them. To date, Run Rich Run has raised over $300,000.
Football fans everywhere (yes, even you) can upload a video to social media and use the hashtag #RunRichRun for a chance to be featured on NFL Network during the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. Also, you can click here to make a donation and check out this event’s hilarious past.
Here are some entires that flood social media more and more every year as this awesome annual event continues to grow.
Eisen will lace up a pair of wildly colored cleats and toe the line during the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine that takes place between February 26 and March 4. There’s no telling what college star will steal the spotlight and earn a spot near the top of NFL Draft boards, but one thing is definitely going to happen.
Rich Eisen is going to dazzle us all with another uber-slow 40-yard dash that raises a ton of money in the process.