The way to the top of his career requires a lot of sweat and gut feeling, but just as much sweat and commitment to stay at that top. However, if you defy all adversity and consistently make it up the ladder of success and stay there for his part, he, of all people, becomes a man who deserves praise and honor. The American television journalist Rich Eisen is definitely one of these men, a man among men in sports broadcasting.
He is one of the most successful and influential journalists of recent times and has deservedly become the fans’ favorite. Eisen is both the face of the NFL Network and the host of his own show, the Rich Eisen Show, which is appropriately syndicated by several other networks. He also works for other prominent sports networks such as CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and is a TV/radio host for DirecTV, FOX Sports Radio, Sirius Radio, and NFL Now.
Find out everything you need to know about this talented sports presenter, including his biography, wife, children, height, and salary.
Rich Eisen’s Bio
Richard Eisen was born on June 26, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up on Staten Island. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. He began to hone his skills at college, where, in addition to studying a job-related course, he served as co-editor of the Michigan Daily school magazine. Eisen was also a member of the Pi Kappa Phi Brotherhood.
After graduating, he worked as a senior editor for the Staten Island Advance until he joined the Chicago Tribune in 1993, where he worked for a year. In 1994, he added a Master of Science degree in broadcast journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University to his resume. Properly certified, Eisen then took the path he had long envisioned; sports broadcasting and has not looked back since.
He worked in television in 1994 as the Washington correspondent for the Medill News Service before becoming a sports presenter and reporter for KRCR-TV in Redding, California, from 1994 to 1996. Shortly thereafter, he pitched his tent on ESPN and was part of a duo with Stuart Scott on the station’s flagship program, SportsCenter. He subsequently landed a number of host appearances on the network and beyond. He hosted the ESPN reality series Beg, Borrow & Deal, hosted Major League Baseball on ESPN radio, was a 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 in the same year became the first presenter to join the staff of the newly founded NFL network. The soccer channel debuted in November 2003, with Eisen becoming the lead presenter of the network’s flagship program, NFL Total Access, until August 2011. In parallel, he renewed his contract in 2010, the same year he launched his podcast, and also hosted the channel’s first foreplay show, NFL GameDay Morning.
He also directed other NFL network broadcasts, including NFL GameDay Highlights, NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football Pregame, halftime, and postgame shows, and special on-site coverage of league events such as Kickoff, Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Draft, and Super Bowl.
2010 saw the debut of the first podcast for NFL.com, the Rich Eisen Podcast. The weekly podcast, which is also available on iTunes, features guests from the world of sports and entertainment news talking about soccer and the latest headlines. The podcast quickly became a hit; it was downloaded over 7 million times and celebrated its 200th birthday three years after its debut.
Since 2005, after challenging Terrell Davis to compete in the 40-yard sprint in the NFL Scouting Combine, Iron has been famously running annually. He wears his uniform, a suit, just like the athletes run in their spandex. His best time in 2016 was 5.94. However, he went beyond the challenge of running for charity. His annual sprint inspired the #RunRichRun charity campaign, which aims to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and has already raised over $480,000. For this purpose, he was honored with the Pat Summerall Award 2017.
He hosted the short-lived TNT original reality series The Great Escape (June-October 2012) in February 2018 and hosted the American Rescue Dog Show on The Hallmark Channel with actress Rebecca Romijn. In addition to sports broadcasts, he has appeared in a number of television shows, including the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple (2015-2017), Comedy Central’s @midnight (2016 – today), and had a small guest appearance in the film Draft Day (2014).
In October 2014, Eisen launched his sports talk show on television/radio, The Rich Eisen Show. In it, 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 television talk show will air on weekdays and will be broadcast live by DirecTV’s Audience Network and NFL Now as well as Fox Sports Radio from 12:00 to 15:00 ET. The NFL Network host has also written a book entitled Total Access (2007).
Rich Eisen’s Wife and Kids
Eisen is married to Suzy Shuster, who is also a sports reporter. They met in February 1997 at the ESPN Sports Center, where she later became a producer, and five years later, on February 14, they got engaged. On June 8, 2003, the duo exchanged their wedding vows. They have two sons, Xander and Cooper, and a daughter named Taylor.
Suzy is an Emmy Award-winning sports presenter for ABC Sports and also works as a reporter for the NBC network. She also writes occasional features for The Huffington Post news blog and hosts the USC Football Pregame Show. She began her career in sports broadcasting as an intern in 1994 when the Final Four were broadcast on CBS, and like her husband, has come a long way as a sports presenter.
Salary of the Sports Journalist
Rich Eisen is undoubtedly an exceptional sports journalist, 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 was estimated at $20 million.
Iron is not only a sought-after radio announcer but also has an athletic physique. It stands slightly 6 feet (1.84 m) above the ground and has a smooth and chic appearance.