Rich Eisen’s annual tradition of submitting his own 40-yard dash time is one of the most anticipated parts of the NFL Combine every year. Amidst all the scouting and endless analysis of pro football’s future stars (and busts), the NFL Network analyst remembers to have some fun and showcase his own athleticism for a handful of seconds.
And this week, at age 46, Eisen submitted a personal record in the 40.
As always, the analyst took the line in his full work suit (and some brightly colored sneakers) and delivered his best performance yet, running a 5.94. This year’s triumph comes as a bit of a redemption story, as Eisen’s run in 2015 was the first time since he started the tradition in 2005 that he hadn’t improved upon his previous year’s time.
Not only was Eisen able to shave .16 seconds off his his run from last year, the 5.94 is also a whopping .83 seconds shorter than his original time of 6.77 from 11 years ago. It’s pretty impressive that Eisen keeps managing to shed time as he gets older, but one can only wonder how long it will be until Father Time starts to tack those seconds back on.
Regardless, I don’t think the real athletes at the Combine have anything to worry about.