Rich Eisen Runs The 40-Yard Dash At The NFL Combine

Rich Eisen's Draft Stock Just Plummeted

2/25/09 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect



One of the things I find most curious about the NFL Combine is that if you run a blazing 40-yard dash, it can pretty much make up for 4 years of mediocrity on the football field. Because we all know that the key to making it in the NFL is running fast in a straight line.

Luckily for us though, the NFL's infatuation with the 40 led to Rich Eisen of the NFL Network lacing up some Under Armour shoes and giving it a shot - in his suit, no less. This is I believe the third year Eisen has done the 40. He blew out his hamstring in 2007, and I can't find any video for 2008.

I tell you, watching a talking head suffer through two 40 runs is well worth your time. Even better is that this year they did a simul-cam of Rich against Pat White, Cedric Pearman, Darius Heyward-Bey, and BJ Raji. It's not pretty.

Personally, I love this, and think all football analysts should be subjected to 40-yard dashes. I'd bet good money on Chris Berman passing out at the 20-yard mark.
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2/26/09   |   vikas_rockzz

make it first

2/26/09   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

I like how they push the Under Armour shoes.  Did Under Armour think about having Eisen push their shoes before running a 7 second 40? "These shoes will make you run slower then a 300 pounder"

2/25/09   |   dredizzle40   |   21 respect

damn that was funny gotta love it

2/25/09   |   jeffro2882   |   3 respect

If they serve doughnuts at the 1/2 way mark,i,m done

2/25/09   |   TonyBaronie

I think that they should put all writers and sports talk people through the whole combine workout at least once in their life.

2/25/09   |   bkuhn

good stuff

2/25/09   |   snbslugger

Berman wouldn't make the first 10.

2/25/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Still about a half and hour better than my best 40.

2/25/09   |   Derrich

SimulCam > *

That was hilarious!

2/25/09   |   shox13191

"Because we all know that the key to making it in the NFL is running fast in a straight line."

you can't forget without pads.  in my opinion its pretty worthless. entertaining, but worhtless.

2/25/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4802 respect

As a Michigan graduate, i think Eisen should get to the Wolverines spring work-outs and show the boys what's up.!!

2/25/09   |   shox13191

Raider_Dave wrote:
I think it's great that Eisen is participating in all of the combine activities.  I heard he did pretty well on the Wonerlic test as well, scoring something like a 35.  If anything, it's great for entertainment value alone.  I wish the 40 time didn't have so much of an influence on where players were drafted, but last year's fastest runner, Chris Johnson, seemed to have a lot more tools in the box to complement that speed.  A rare instance, but good to see it's not always a wasted statistic.

yeah he scored a 35 on the wonderlic and the national average is like 20.  and i guess he's smarter than most chemists too who score like 32..

2/25/09   |   dumpsterdave6   |   1 respect

The simulcast technology is so cool, it really shows you how fast those 300lb lineman really are.

2/25/09   |     |   1 respect

Oh this is funny..... Prime Time cracks me up..........

2/25/09   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

I wish they had Sanders try it too, see if showtime still has some left in the tank

2/25/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

I think it's great that Eisen is participating in all of the combine activities.  I heard he did pretty well on the Wonerlic test as well, scoring something like a 35.  If anything, it's great for entertainment value alone.  I wish the 40 time didn't have so much of an influence on where players were drafted, but last year's fastest runner, Chris Johnson, seemed to have a lot more tools in the box to complement that speed.  A rare instance, but good to see it's not always a wasted statistic.

2/25/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

i wouldnt pass out ... but id be lucky to break 6.5 seconds.

2/25/09   |   YuleeGator   |   76 respect

I bet half the people on here whould pass out at the 20 too.

2/25/09   |   radiowave000   |   145 respect

I'd pay good money to see Berman pass out at the 20 yd mark..