Rich Eisen Podcast: John Elway, John Slattery, Rainn Wilson, Eric Stonestreet, Adrian Peterson and Jim Brockmire

Emmy Award winning actor Eric Stonestreet  is surprised by Rich Eisen with some old footage of Stonestreet’s first career acting gig. Watch the full episode Friday 10pm ET only on NFL Network.

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Here it is: The highly anticipated, buzz-worthy first (and perhaps only)-ever “Rich Eisen Thanksgiving Special” that kicked Lindsay Lohan off the top of Page Six for a day.

The television version of this show airs 10 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. PT Friday on NFL Network, with a breakfast re-airing Saturday at 10 a.m. ET before the college football day gets started. As for the audio, uncut version…

It all kicks off with Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway, the fourth all-time leading passer of the National Football League who brought the third all-time leading passer of the NFL to Denver. And all Peyton Manning has done is ball out. We chat with The Duke before turning matters over to the brilliant John Slattery. Any fan of “Mad Men” knows very well the uptick in pleasure you receive when Slattery’s Roger Sterling walks, talks, drinks, saunters or bursts his way onto a scene. We discuss his process of creating, honing and, yes, evolving the character that’s earned him an Emmy nomination the last four consecutive years. The star of the upcoming film “In Our Nature” also happens to be quite a Patriots fan, with a son he has been trying to wean off of the New York Giants for a long time.

Next up, Rainn Wilson, the man to whom we will always be in debt to for the way he has brought Dunder-Mifflin psychotic Dwight Schrute to life for nine seasons of “The Office.” You’ll be happy to know the Seahawks are so deeply woven into his DNA that you’ll hear him drop the name “Jim Zorn” on this podcast. Wilson owns two fantasy football leagues and frequently tweets his fantasy woes to his 3.5 million followers on Twitter. Eric Stonestreet follows. Despite being the reigning Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on “Modern Family,” you should feel for Eric. He’s a die-hard Chiefs fan who also wears his love for his alma mater, former college football No. 1 Kansas State, on his sleeve. He uses his time on the Thanksgiving Special to vent. And this man knows how to take a floor when handed one. Podcast producers Chris Law and Chris Brockman agree: The Eric Stonestreet interview is in the top five of all-time segments on this podcast.

We finish up strong with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who, despite blowing out his knee in Week 16 last year, enters his Week 12 game at Chicago on Sunday as the leading rusher in the NFL. He leads Texans running back Arian Foster by 64 yards. And, Foster has now played one more game than Peterson. Did Peterson expect to do this? Why doesn’t he wear a knee brace? And is he, you know, human?

Finally, the legend of the booth, Jim Brockmire, returns to the podcast to hit on such hot NFL topics as Tim Tebow’s sidelining, Peyton Manning’s comeback, Rob Gronkowski’s injury and the best in the history of Thanksgiving football. Brockmire’s take on Manning’s comeback can not and will not be found anywhere else. So is Brockmire’s take on why, despite the mounting losses, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has such a strong bond with his boss, Jerry Jones.

As always, Law, Brockman and your humble host analyze the upcoming games, as well as look back at the trio of contests played from the NFL beachfront property of Thanksgiving Day.

At any rate, it’s long. But it’s worth it. Apparently, it’s also controversial. As always, comments are welcome. Only 5-star comments are welcome on the iTunes page.

I especially want to thank Law, Brockman, Stacey Garcia, Drew Ohlmeyer and Alexander Ali for playing such an integral role in helping make this happen.

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! Hope it’s a healthy and happy one for your family.  Enjoy, and as always, thanks for downloading!

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