Rich Eisen was the first on-air talent added to NFL Network’s roster in June 2003, five months before the network’s launch in November 2003.
For the 2014 NFL season, Eisen hosts NFL Total Access Kickoff on NFL Network every week prior to the Thursday Night Football matchup on CBS Sports and NFL Network. Eisen joins NFL Network analysts Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci on-location every week. Additionally, Eisen appears on the Mazda Postgame Show with Faulk, Irvin, Mariucci and Deion Sanders.
Since 2010, Eisen has served as host of the Emmy-nominated NFL GameDay Morning on NFL Network, the most comprehensive NFL pregame show on television. Eisen is joined each week by analysts Faulk, Irvin, Mariucci, Kurt Warner and Warren Sapp.
Eisen also anchors NFL Network’s special on-location coverage of the NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend and Super Bowl.
Eisen is the host of The Rich Eisen Show on DIRECTV’s Audience Network, DIRECTV’s ROOT Sports-branded regional sports networks in Pittsburgh, Denver and Seattle, and NFL Now. Premiering October 6, The Rich Eisen Show airs Monday-Friday from 12 Noon – 3:00 PM ET and allows Eisen to use his engaging blend of insightful football analysis, with an offbeat mix of humor and pop culture while continuing to attract the most recognizable names in sports and entertainment.
In 2010, Eisen added to his already versatile resume by launching NFL.com’s first-ever podcast, ‘The Rich Eisen Podcast,’ which surpassed the 16 million download mark during its four-year run. Over the years, Eisen’s podcastfeatured such NFL stars as Patriots QB Tom Brady, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers; broadcasters Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Mike Tirico, Dan Patrick, Jim Nantz and Joe Buck; and, from the entertainment world, Larry David, Matt Damon, Adam Sandler, Mark Wahlberg, Steven Soderbergh and Will Ferrell.
A three-time Sports Emmy nominee in the Outstanding Studio Host category, Eisen also served as emcee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, OH in 2009, where the induction class included then-NFL Network analyst Rod Woodson.
One of television’s most visible anchors and personalities from the past decade, Eisen was a mainstay on ESPN’s SportsCenter from 1996 to 2003. Outside the world of sports, Eisen recently served as the host of TNT’s first-ever reality competition program “The Great Escape.”
Prior to joining ESPN, Eisen worked at KRCR-TV in Redding, California, as a sports anchor (1994-96). His television journalism career includes serving as the Medill News Service’s Washington correspondent (1994) and as a production assistant for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and Connie Chung in 1994.
In 2007, Eisen penned Total Access: A Journey to the Center of the NFL Universe about his experiences as host for NFL Network. He worked in print journalism as a staff writer for the Staten Island Advance (1990-93) and at the Chicago Tribune covering Chicago public high school football and basketball (1993-94).
Eisen is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and earned a Master of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1994.
Eisen lives in Los Angeles with his wife and long-time ABC, FOX and TNT sports broadcaster Suzy Shuster. Together, they have three children and a yellow lab rescue dog, Hudson.