NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has officially run his first 40-yard dash, but was flagged for roughing the quarterback, has been fined $50,000 and suspended for a year for his first offense. Seriously though, the commissioner ran the 40-yard dash in a decent time for it being on carpet in dress shoes. But unlike the vast number of prospects at the NFL Combine this week, his was for a little better of a cause.
As most of you know, The NFL Network's own Rich Eisen has an annual tradition of running the 40 himself, usually ending with the other analysts and former players laughing at him as he clocks in a pretty awful time. This season though, Rich has partnered with the NFL Network, DirecTV and Baltimore's own Under Armour to donate $75,000 to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In addition, individuals can also donate some funds that go towards an amazing cause.
Eisen to date has run the 40-yard dash in a blistering 5.98 seconds, which makes him slower than former Raven Terrence Cody's 5.62 second time posted in 2010. Now of course, that isn't fair to Eisen since he is significantly older than Cody, but presumably nowhere near as heavy as the 345 pound Cody. Eisen will be running it again in a few days, hopefully he can beat Goodell's time.