Monday brought us everyone’s favorite annual NFL Combine tradition: watching 48-year-old NFL Network personality Rich Eisen run a 40-yard dash in a suit. Eisen turned in a time of 5.97 this year.
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I’m touched and honored by the chance to do anything on behalf of St. Jude and the terrific partners of Run Rich Run who support it. I want to thank everyone in advance of those who will send in a video and take part to save the lives of children who need the help, Eisen said, via NFL.com. If only any of that could make me run faster.
Bill Belichick stopped by the NFL Network booth on Monday before Eisen ran the 40 and surprised Eisen with a donation to St. Jude’s.
Roger Goodell got in on the action, too. He ran a 5.41 in the NFL’s offices on Monday, which is pretty impressive for a 59-year-old man. So did 49ers GM John Lynch.
Elite Womens Bobby Hebert Jersey Goodell tweeted that he would be going to the 5th floor of the NFL’s offices to run his 40 after being called out by Rich Eisen. He did that, and ran a 5.41, which was better than his 5.53 in 2015.
Eisen runs the 40-yard dash every year in a full suit to raise awareness for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital with the #RunRichRun campaign. He encourages others to record themselves running the 40-yard dash as he does.
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Goodell’s 5.41 was better than six players at the 2018 NFL Combine. It’s impressive, but it’s also unofficial, so you might imagine his time might not have been all that accurate.
To be fair to Goodell, there’s probably not a lot of 59-year-olds who could run the same time.
Michigan’s Maurice Hurst’s combine was over before it really began. The defensive tackle was diagnosed with a heart condition by doctors at the combine and he wasn’t able to participate.