- Annual Rich Eisen run at NFL combine is must-see TV
- Last year, NFL Network host logged a 5.97
- What’s the best bet to make in 2019?
You can geek out over the cone drill, the bench press or the standing long jump at the upcoming NFL Combine, scheduled for February 26th.
Me? There’s only one thing I’m here for. And his name is Rich Eisen.
Since 2005, the NFL Network host runs the 40-yard dash at the combine in the full suit.
Every time … it slays me.
Smith vs CJ2K: http://t.co/b5jtvZiCDB
Rich 40-yd dash: http://t.co/N2qb5Ke6zy
— brett niemand (@brettniems) February 8, 2015
With the 2019 combine within range, Bovada has set the line for bettors in the annual must-see event.
Are they asking too much here?
Over/Under Rich Eisen’s 40-Yard Dash Time at Combine
|Rich Eisen 40-Yard Dash Time||Odds at Bovada|
|Over 6.0 Seconds||-120|
|Under 6.0 Seconds||-120|
*Odds taken 2/20
Can Eisen Get Under 6 Seconds Again?
Since he started this tradition in 2005, he has only been able to crack the sub-6.0 mark three times, while finishing over 6.1 seconds eight times.
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 5, 2018
That being said, four of the last five years, he’s run his four best times, including 2016, when he ran his personal-best of 5.94 seconds.
(Note: if you’re not blinded by the speed, the neon green shoes should finish burning your corneas.)
Can he top his PR this year?
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 1, 2018
After his first sub-6 run in 2014, he’s teetered back and forth across six seconds each year. Last season he bounced back from a 6.02 in 2017 to a 5.97.
By the way, whoever came up with the idea of simulating a normal middle-aged dude against supreme young men in their athletic prime in the same race is absolute genius.
Here's Rich Eisen (with a 7-yard head start) vs. John Ross in the 40-yard dash 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/M3LYUOteVu
— TPS (@TotalProSports) March 7, 2017
Are there any other factors?
Eisen will be turning 50 in June. So in this, his golden year, he’ll need to dig down deep to run the first back-to-back 40-yard dashes in under six seconds in his illustrious/hilarious 15th season competing.
— NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) February 3, 2019
The real winners, of course, are the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Eisen will gladly have the world marvel at his less-than-sublime athleticism for as ever long as he can help raise money for a worthy cause. They’re up to $480,000 and counting in the now known #RunRichRun campaign.
What’s the Best Bet to Make Here?
On his radio show, Eisen said that he’s already been preparing for this combine, putting down six dashes already, with the focus on getting out of the blocks.
From the sounds of that segment, he is intent on keeping the times down, with his co-hosts going so far as to claim that his mark this year could be at an all-time low of 5.80 seconds.
Brockman and @DeionSanders preview the #Panthers vs #Saints on #MNF, and come up with a tough love approach for @richeisen's 40-yard dash aspirations in today's Eisen Overtime: https://t.co/VG8exYnF8W pic.twitter.com/TstlSzsWpM
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) December 18, 2018
Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I don’t think he’s in a Creed-style training regimen, and it wouldn’t be fun to watch an everyman be a below average sprinter for a day.
— Gridiron (@Gridiron) March 5, 2018
But judging from the past three years, like a fine wine, Rich Eisen is aging with style, and I expect him to put on a show for NFL fans and his charity at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at the end of this month.
I can’t wait.
The pick: Over (-120)