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'Run Rich Run' celebrates 20 years


Tue, Apr 23rd 2024 03:40 pm

20th run benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to air during NFL Network's 2024 NFL Draft coverage
√ Eisen ran 40-yard dash at Rose Bowl Stadium for 3rd consecutive year

National Football League Press Release

“Run Rich Run," the charitable campaign to raise awareness and support for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, celebrates its 20th year!

Highlighting “Run Rich Run" each year is NFL Network's Emmy-nominated host Rich Eisen donning his trademark suit and tie to run a 40-yard dash and, for the third consecutive year, Eisen conducted his run at the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.

This year, Eisen was joined by former Los Angeles Rams Andrew Whitworth and Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh, and with St. Jude Patient Ambassadors at the Rose Bowl to cheer him on while he ran the 40-yard dash for the 20th time. Eisen's 40-yard dash will air during NFL Network's coverage of rounds 4-7 of the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit on Saturday, April 27 (noon ET).

Additionally, Eisen has received numerous congratulation and encouragement videos from NFL luminaries, NFL Network colleagues and stars from the world of entertainment. Provided below is a list of all who have submitted encouragement videos thus far:

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
  • Six-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Bill Belichick
  • Three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs Andy Reid
  • Super Bowl-winning head coach Pete Carroll
  • National Championship-winning and current Los Angeles head coach Jim Harbaugh
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Deion Sanders
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis
  • Seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady
  • Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Torry Holt
  • Recently retired All-Pro center Jason Kelce
  • San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle
  • Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf
  • Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert
  • New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan
  • Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham
  • New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu
  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Andy Dalton
  • Emmy-winning comedian, actor, writer and producer Larry David
  • Emmy-winning actor Jon Hamm
  • Long-time celebrity supporter and Emmy-winning actor Eric Stonestreet
  • Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner
  • Actor and lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan Paul Rudd
  • Emmy-nominated actor Ed O'Neill
  • Long-time radio host and sportscaster Dan Patrick
  • NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero
  • NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo
  • NFL Network host Chris Rose
  • NFL Network reporter Cameron Wolfe
  • NFL Media columnist Jeffri Chadiha

Fans are encouraged to submit their 40-yard dash videos or unique variation on social media using the hashtag #RunLikeRich or #StJudeRRR, with the chance to see themselves on NFL Network.

“Run Rich Run" has grown to become a defining and leading charitable campaign. Since Eisen began supporting St. Jude through “Run Rich Run" fundraising nine years ago, approximately $6 million has been raised to benefit the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children. Eisen's commitment to charity was formally recognized in 2017 when he was bestowed with the Pat Summerall Award at the Legends of Charity Dinner during Super Bowl LI week in Houston.

Additionally, Eisen received the St. Jude Ambassador of the Year Award in October 2021, a tremendously special and prestigious honor.

Fans around the globe have since rallied around Eisen's passion for this cause, knowing that not only will it be fun to participate, but their generous donations support the research and treatment needed to find a cure for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Continued participation will ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – so they can focus on helping their child live.

Since 2012, the NFL has partnered with St. Jude through NFL PLAY 60, which is the “Official Champion of Play" at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. As the League's national youth health and wellness campaign encouraging youth to get physically active for 60 minutes a day, the NFL PLAY 60 initiative helps patients and families at St. Jude cope with serious illnesses through play therapy, peer interactions and other activities.

Donations may be made directly by going to stjude.org/runrichrun.

Eisen is the host of the Emmy-nominated “The Rich Eisen Show" which airs weekdays at noon ET on The Roku Channel.

More on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was largely considered incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%, and it won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes to help doctors and researchers at local hospitals and cancer centers around the world improve the quality of treatment and care for even more children. Because of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Support the St. Jude mission by donating at stjude.org; “Liking” St. Jude on Facebook; following St. Jude on Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok; and subscribing to its YouTube channel.

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