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While making it to the top of one’s career requires a lot of sweat and gut, remaining at that apex equally requires just as much sweat and commitment. Nevertheless, when one defies all odds and consistently makes it up the ladder to success and in turn remains there, he becomes of all men deserving of accolades and honor. The American TV journalist, Rich Eisen is definitely one of such men, a man among men in sports broadcasting.
He is one of the most successful and most influential journalists of recent times and has deservingly become a fan’s favorite. Eisen is the face of the NFL Network as well as the host of his own show, The Rich Eisen Show which is adequately syndicated through several other networks. He also works for other prominent sports networks such as CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and serves as a TV/radio host for DirecTV, FOX Sports Radio, Sirius Radio and NFL Now.
Here are all the deets you need to know about this talented sportscaster including his bio, wife, kids, height, and salary.
Rich Eisen’s Bio
Richard Eisen was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 26, 1969, and grew up on Staten Island. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. He started honing his skills from college, where besides studying a related course to his future career, he served as co-sports editor of the school’s magazine, Michigan Daily. Eisen was also a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
Following his graduation, he worked as a staff writer for the Staten Island Advance until 1993 when he joined the Chicago Tribune where he worked for one year. In 1994, he added to his resume a Master of Science degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Duly certified, Eisen then took the road he had long envisioned; sports broadcast and has not looked back since then.
He worked in television as the Medill News Service’s Washington correspondent in 1994 before becoming a sports anchor cum reporter at KRCR-TV in Redding, California from 1994 to 1996. Shortly after, he pitched his tent with ESPN and was part of a duo with Stuart Scott on the network’s flagship program, SportsCenter. Following that, he landed a number of hosting gigs on the network and beyond. He hosted the ESPN’s reality series, Beg, Borrow & Deal, served as the host of Major League Baseball for ESPN Radio, guest host on The Tony Kornheiser Show and The Dan Patrick Show, and went beyond the sports world to host the ABC show Domino Day.
Rich Eisen left ESPN in 2003 and joined the staff roster of the newly launched NFL Network that same year as their first anchor. The football channel debuted in November 2003 with Eisen becoming the main host of the network’s flagship program, NFL Total Access until August 2011. Along the line, he extended his contract in 2010, the same year he launched his podcast, and also took over the hosting of the channel’s first pregame show, NFL GameDay Morning.
Furthermore, he helmed other NFL Network shows including NFL GameDay Highlights, 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.
In 2010, the first ever podcast for NFL.com, The Rich Eisen Podcast debuted. On the weekly podcast which is also available on iTunes, guests from the world of sports and entertainment news talk football and all the latest headlines. It quickly became a hit; being downloaded over 7 million times and three years after its debut, celebrated its 200th episode.
Since 2005, following the challenge of Terrell Davis to compete in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, Eisen has famously run annually. He wears his uniform, a suit just like the athletes run in their spandex. He made his best time in 2016 with 5.94. However, he went beyond the challenge to do charity. His annual sprint inspired a charitable campaign #RunRichRun which is aimed at raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with over $480,000 raised already. For the cause, he was honored with the 2017 Pat Summerall Award.
He hosted the short-lived TNT original reality series, The Great Escape (June-October, 2012) in February 2018, co-hosted The American Rescue Dog Show on The Hallmark Channel with actress . Besides sports broadcast, he has appeared on a number of TV shows such as the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple (2015-2017), Comedy Central’s @midnight (2016 – present), and had a small cameo in the film Draft Day (2014).
Eisen launched his sports talk TV/radio show, The Rich Eisen Show in October 2014. Therein, he delivers a cocktail of sports analysis with pop culture, humor, and interviews with the biggest names in sports and entertainment. The nationally syndicated radio and TV talk show airs weekdays and is broadcast live from DirecTV’s Audience Network and NFL Now as well as on Fox Sports Radio from noon-3 pm ET. The NFL Network host also authored a book, Total Access (2007).
Salary of the Sports Journalist
Rich Eisen is a sports journalist extraordinaire, no doubt, and as such he receives a good reward for his work. His annual salary from the NFL Network is $5 million while his net worth has been estimated to be $20 million.
Rich Eisen’s Wife and Kids
Eisen is married to Suzy Shuster who is also a sportscaster. They met in February 1997 at ESPN Sportscenter where she later became a producer and five years later, on 14th February, they got engaged. On June 8, 2003, the duo exchanged their nuptial vows. They have two sons; Xander and Cooper, and a daughter named Taylor.
Suzy is an Emmy Award-winning sportscaster with ABC Sports and also works on NBC network as a reporter. Moreover, she occasionally contributes to the news blog, The Huffington Post and hosts the USC Football Pregame Show. She started her career in sports broadcasting as an intern in 1994 Final Four broadcast on CBS, and like her husband, has come a long way as a sportscaster.
Eisen is not only a sought after broadcaster but also wields an athlete-like physique. He stands slightly 6 feet (1.84 m) above the ground and cuts a suave and chic look.