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Rich Eisen ran his second-best time in the 40-yard dash ever for charity at the 2018 NFL Combine

Run, Rich, run!

Monday brought us everyone’s favorite annual NFL Combine tradition: watching 48-year-old NFL Network personality Rich Eisen run a 40-yard dash in a suit. Eisen turned in a time of 5.97 this year.

That’s Eisen’s second-best 40 time since he started running it in 2005.

This marks the 14th consecutive year that Eisen has run a televised 40. He posted his best time in 2016, when he ran a 5.94. That’s the second time in all these years that Eisen has managed to get below six seconds.

Eisen has, overall, progressively gotten faster over the years.

Eisen had hoped to beat his best time in 2017, but he fell a little short. A 6.02 time isn’t bad for a sports journalist in his late 40s. But NFL Network used their simulcam feature to pit Eisen against John Ross’ record-setting 40 last year. They gave Eisen a 7-yard head start. It didn’t help.

This raises money for a wonderful cause, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. St. Jude’s provides treatment and care to children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases and they never turn away a patient based on their ability to pay. Families do not receive any bill from St. Jude’s when their child receives treatment there.

NFL Network will contribute $25,000 this year to St. Jude’s on behalf of Run Rich Run. AT&T Audience Network, Courtyard by Marriott and Under Armour each pledged $25,000 to St. Jude’s as part of this initiative, too, for a total of $100,000.

“I’m touched and honored by the chance to do anything on behalf of St. Jude and the terrific partners of Run Rich Run who support it. I want to thank everyone in advance of those who will send in a video and take part to save the lives of children who need the help,” Eisen said, via “If only any of that could make me run faster.”

Bill Belichick stopped by the NFL Network booth on Monday before Eisen ran the 40 and surprised Eisen with a donation to St. Jude’s.

“What you’ve done with this event has been amazing,” Belichick said. “And your 40, it’s historic now.”

Roger Goodell got in on the action, too. He ran a 5.41 in the NFL’s offices on Monday, which is pretty impressive for a 59-year-old man. So did 49ers GM John Lynch.

Only two players in combine history have run slower 40s than Eisen. Regis Crawford ran a 6.07 in 2004, and Isaiah Thompson ran a 6.06 in 2011. But they were in their 20s and on a path to become professional athletes. Eisen is killing it for a middle-aged journalist, and he’s doing it for a worthy cause.