Among Eisen's notable achievements while at ESPN, was breaking the news of St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire's retirement from baseball in 2001 on SportsCenter. Days later, he sat down with McGwire for an exclusive interview elaborating on the decision.
Rich Eisen was the first on-air talent added to the NFL Network roster in June 2003. Eisen is the face of the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week cable and satellite channel dedicated to football that debuted in November 2003. He was the main host of the show, NFL Total Access, the network flagship program, until August of 2011. Eisen signed a new long-term deal with NFL Network in 2010 and became the new host of NFL GameDay Morning, the first pregame show on the NFL Network. Eisen also remains host of NFL Total Access and NFL GameDay Highlights, as well as NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football pregame, halftime and postgame shows and special on-location coverage from league events such as Kickoff, Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Draft and Super Bowl.
Eisen expanded his resume in 2010 with the debut of ‘The Rich Eisen Podcast,’ the first-ever podcast for NFL.com. The weekly podcast, available on NFL.com and iTunes, features guests from the world of sports and entertainment news talking football and all the latest headlines. Since its debut, the podcast has been downloaded more than 7,000,000 and recently celebrated its 200th Episode(2013).
In November of 2012, Eisen's first Thanksgiving Special aired on the NFL Network with a variety of celebrity guests talking mostly sports and current events.
In 2005 Charles Davis challenged Eisen to compete in the 40 yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. His times are listed below (in seconds):
2005 - 6.77,
2006 - 6.22,
2007 - 6.43 (Only year he didn't improve from previous year),
2008 - 6.34,
2009 - 6.34,
2010 - 6.21,
2011 - 6.18,
2012 - 6.03 (Personal Best).
2013 - 6.03
Eisen's 40-yard dash time (Recorded at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine) is 6.03 seconds, a personal best.