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Rich Eisen Podcast: Brian Banks

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks joins the "Rich Eisen Podcast" (Ben Liebenberg/NFL) Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks joins the “Rich Eisen Podcast” (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)

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Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks stops by the “Rich Eisen Podcast” for a discussion with Rich about his incredible life story and journey to the NFL. From being falsely accused on two counts of forcible rape and kidnapping charges by a fellow classmate and friend, to being exonerated by the State of California 10 years later and having his conviction overturned by Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Ferriera. It’s an absolutely amazing story that you need to hear Banks tell… Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Peter King and Rob Lowe

Which team has the best chance to win Super Bowl XLVII? (Associated Press/US Presswire) Which team has the best chance to win Super Bowl XLVII? (Associated Press/US Presswire)

Senior Sports Illustrated writer Peter King dials in to chat with Rich following one of the greatest weekends in NFL playoff history. The Hall of Fame sportswriter found himself in the enviable position of attending both the Falcons last minute comeback win over the Seahawks on Sunday and the Ravens thrilling double overtime win over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Saturday. King managed to spend time spent time with players from all four squads following the two contests and shares some of the insights he gathered in what was a spectacular weekend of NFL football.

Up next is actor Rob Lowe, who last year around this time made headlines across the National Football League with a tweet about a certain (former) Colt quarterback and retirement rumors. Rich dials up Lowe to discuss the incident and to get the big time Indy fans take on Andrew Luck’s first season and find out how Lowe and his two boys are doing in the post-Manning era as Colts fan. The star of “Parks and Recreation” lets Rich in on a little more credible NFL related news this time around. Lowe and some of his NBC cast mates recently hit up Lucas Oil Stadium and shot a few scenes for this week’s upcoming “Parks and Recreation” episode with Reggie Wayne, Jim Irsay and the aforementioned Andrew Luck. You can tune in to see their cameo appearance this Thursday, January 17th at 8:30pm ET on NBC… Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Matt Ryan and The Sklar Brothers

Falcons QB Matt Ryan “The Mattural” embraces Panthers QB Cam Newton after Atlanta’s 4th quarter comeback win on Sunday (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan phones into “The Rich Eisen Podcast” to chat with Rich about Atlanta’s hot start and being undefeated a quarter of the way through the season. “Matty Ice” discusses the 95-yard drive he led his team on with less than a minute to go to beat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and what a win like that does for Atlanta’s confidence moving forward. Ryan also talks about the difficult task Drew Brees is facing in New Orleans as a quarterback who is without his play caller and coach. Plus, Rich discusses the aforementioned “Matty Ice” nickname with Ryan and proposes a better name for the Falcons signal caller to go by.
Up next, Rich welcomes in studio the hilarious Randy and Jason Sklar. The Sklar Brothers, who also host… Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Tony Gonzalez, Russell Wilson and Michael Lombardi NFC South preview

Be sure to catch “The Rich Eisen Kickoff Special” when it re-airs on NFL Network Saturday 10a.m. ET and again Sunday at 1:00a.m. ET (Alix Drawic/NFL Image)

Sixteen-season veteran and sure-fire Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez joins Rich on Falcons Cam just days away from his return to Arrowhead, when his Falcons face off against the Chiefs at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. It marks the first time since leaving Kansas City that the NFL’s all-time record holder for touchdowns, receptions and yards as a tight end will return to face his old team.

Next up, Rich welcomes Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who beat out veteran Matt Flynn for the starting spot in Seattle, defying the many doubters who said a quarterback of his height couldn’t make it in the NFL. Wilson will look to prove doubters wrong again when he leads the Seahawks against the Cardinals on Sunday.

We wrap things up with none other than our front-office man Michael Lombardi, who returns to preview the NFC South and… Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Tony Gonzalez, Brian Williams, Michael Lombardi and Jim Brockmire

It’s a special lineup for the Wild Card Weekend edition of the podcast — a legend of the booth, a trusted American voice and the most prolific tight end in the history of the National Football League, all in one show.

First up, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez joins us mere days before taking on the Giants for the right to move on to either Green Bay or San Francisco. Would you believe that, with all the records and stats requisite for a first-ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Gonzalez does not have a single playoff win under his belt? He enters Sunday’s game 0-for-4 in career playoff appearances and, of course, we talk about whether that’s on his mind when he suits up this weekend. We also hit on whether or not the Falcons’ inconsistencies on offense are behind them, the skills of rookie Julio Jones and the unreal talent that his success seems to have spawned at the position throughout the league.

Next up, one of my favorite guests we’ve had on the podcast to date: NBC News’ Brian Williams, the most trusted newsman of this generation who also just happens to be one of the driest wits and best raconteurs of all-time. Williams took a few minutes to join us from his set at 30 Rock during the middle of a very busy day — Iowa Caucus Tuesday — to discuss his beloved Giants. Williams is a New Jersey native who grew up loving the Giants while attempting a (sadly short) run at high school gridiron glory of his own. It is a tale of woe not to be missed. Williams chimes in on the controversy-ravaged Jets and why it’s difficult for him to predict a winner on the Lions-Saints wild-card matchup on his network Saturday night. Then we sent him back to the world of Romney, Santorum et al.

Another Jersey boy — Michael Lombardi — joins the show to make heads/tails about the vacant coaching situations and why there aren’t openings in Chicago, where the GM got fired, and San Diego, where the GM didn’t. Why did the Colts finally part ways with the Polians and what’s their next step on the Peyton Manning front? What in the world can the Jets do with a disgruntled receiver, a regressing quarterback and a coach who is suddenly under fire despite having gone to the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two years? You’ll be especially keen to hear to whom Lombardi compares the current Jets. A hint: it’s not very flattering.

Lastly, a fourth visit to the studio by the legend of the booth himself, Jim Brockmire. The Hall of Fame announcer whose famous on-air meltdown led to the precipitous fall of his career has been on the comeback trail thanks much in part to this podcast, on which he has delivered the plays of the month for September, October and November. Now, Jim is back with the plays of the month for December and also with a strange looking half-goatee. There’s lots to discuss with Jim, who also laments the firing of the Polians and gives his latest unique take on his favorite topic: Tim Tebow.

It’s all in one mega Wild Card Weekend podcast to enjoy. Lots in the hopper for the divisional round podcast on tap for next week. Stay tuned. Read


The UNLOCKED Podcast: Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Dan Patrick, Thomas Dimitroff plus Lombardi and LaCanfora

Guests include Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Dan Patrick, Thomas Dimitroff plus Lombardi and LaCanfora. After 136 long days the doors have finally, finally opened back up and football is not only back, it’s back with a bang. The free agency frenzy that was predicted on last week’s podcast with Peter King has come into fruition and is in full effect. So what better way to start off this week’s podcast then with two of the best inside men in the business. NFL Networks Jason LaCanfora and Michael Lombardi, who have broken the news on a plethora of the free agent moves that have taken place thus far, join Rich to share some of the latest team moves and the reasons behind them. If their infinite wisdom doesn’t drive it home for you enough we get the perspective of a man who is going through it firsthand as Rich phones up our resident podcast GM from Atlanta Thomas Dimitroff to find out what the past 72 hours have really been like from the inside. The scene then changes from friendly confines of the NFL Studios in Culver City, CA to the rainy streets of New York City and Bryant Park where the 2011 EA Sports Madden Pigskin Pro-Am event was taking place. There Rich sits down with Dan Patrick to discuss the latest news and touch on some of the memorable moments of the past week. Next up from New York is a sit-down with two of the greatest running backs to ever play the game as Rich sits down with Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, and soon to be Hall inductee Marshall Faulk. It’s a must listen and great lead up to next weekend’s events in Canton. The podcast wraps by tying up a few loose ends from last week’s podcast and our Breaking Bad DVD giveaway via the official Twitter page of the podcast @TheEisenPodcast. Be sure to listen all the way through for the winners and how to claim your prize. As always, thanks for listening. Read



The program and dessert all in one shot at the Falcons Luncheon celebrating their 2010 Ring of Honor inductee, Deion Sanders. I’m introducing Prime in about 20 minutes. Just dusted off a first course green salad, with a chicken and … Read


Prime Time in the daytime

Now at the Falcons luncheon honoring the newest member of the team’s Ring of Honor, who is going in at halftime of tonight’s Thursday Night Football game: Deion Sanders. Deion’s whole family is here; so is Falcons owner Arthur Blank … Read

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