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Rich Eisen Podcast: Jim Kelly, Howie Long and Cris Collinsworth

This weeks episode features Hall of Famers Howie Long and Jim Kelly, plus Cris Collinsworth This weeks episode features Hall of Famers Howie Long and Jim Kelly, plus Cris Collinsworth

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First up, on this Hall of Fame special edition of “The Rich Eisen Podcast” is former NFL wide receiver and current NBC Sunday Night Football analyst, Cris Collinsworth. Collinsworth is in Canton, Ohio for the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to honor is partner in booth, Al Michaels, who is receiving the Pete Rozelle Award this weekend in Canton. Collinsworth also shares his take on some of the latest news from around the NFL, including the Riley Cooper saga in Philadelphia and if the young quarterbacks that found success in 2012 will fare as well in 2013

Up next, Rich welcomes Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who recently battled a jaw cancer diagnosis and is in recovery. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback reminisced with Rich about the accomplishments of those early 90s Bills teams and why wide receiver Andre Reed deserves a bust of his own in Canton. Kelly also hits on how 2013 Bills will look with a new head coach and whether Kevin Kolb or EJ Manuel will be leading the franchise in Week 1.

The show rounds out with class of 2000 enshrinee, Howie Long. The eight-time Pro Bowler sits down with Rich to discuss a variety of topics, most notably the fact that he is now the father of two National Football League players. Chris Long and his St. Louis Rams head to Chicago Thanksgiving weekend (Week 12) to take on his brother Kyle Long and the Bears in what could be battle in the trenches between Read

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Rich Eisen Podcast: Michael Lombardi AFC East preview

Rich welcomes back NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi to the podcast to preview the AFC East division leading up to the 2012 season. Its another comprehensive team-by-team breakdown that provides insightful analysis of what to expect in one of the toughest divisions in football for the upcoming season.

It’s all capped off with a chat between Rich and his producers that involves an entertaining “incident” 30,000 feet up, a baby, and… Read

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Rich Eisen Podcast: Matt Leinart, Nick Bakay, Stephen J. Dubner and Brian Billick

As Week 12 approaches, the storyline has shifted dramatically in the NFL with two playoff-contending teams potentially losing their signal callers for weeks, if not the remainder of the regular season. Jay Cutler’s thumb injury puts the ball in the hands of backup Caleb Hanie for Chicago. Meanwhile, the AFC South-leading Texans saw their quarterback, Matt Schaub, go down with a foot injury. Enter Matt Leinart: The former Heisman Trophy winner will get his first career start with the Texans on Sunday. Leinart sat down with Rich to chat about the big game, turning down his former USC coach’s offer to reunite in Seattle, and just exactly what went wrong in Arizona.

Speaking of going wrong, Rich welcomes in studio his good friend Nick Bakay, whose Bills have been in a downward spiral since his last visit just a few weeks ago. The guys try to diagnose the problems and where things went bad for Ryan Fitzpatrick and Co. They also hit on some of the hot topics, including Tim Tebow’s Mile High comeback last Thursday against the Jets on NFL Network, and what it all means moving forward for Denver.

After Bakay, Rich shifts gears and sits down with author Stephen J. Dubner. If Dubner’s name sounds familiar, it should, he co-wrote the New York Times bestseller “Freakonomics”, which has sold more than four million copies and has also been turned into a successful documentary film. After penning a follow-up book titled “SuperFreakonomics”, Dubner has decided to take his unique approach of looking at issues in society, and turn it to the gridiron in a series for NFL.com and NFL Network called “Football Freakonomics”. Rich and Stephen chat about some of the interesting ways that common practices and theories such as “Icing the Kicker” and “Momentum” can be looked at through data and either proven, or debunked.

The show rounds out with our resident coach, as Brian Billick and Rich chat on a variety of topics from around the league. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and thanks for downloading. Read

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Rich Eisen HOF Podcast: John Madden, Jim Kelly, Anthony Munoz and Jack Youngblood with Jackie Slater

Guests include John Madden, Jim Kelly, Anthony Munoz and Jack Youngblood with Jackie Slater. What a spectacular weekend it was in Canton, Ohio as seven legends of the game found themselves adorned with gold jackets and bronze busts as they entered the sport’s most special of fraternities. So we decided to take the podcast on the road for the first time for this special event and were able to catch up with some of game’s greatest. Rich first sits down with HOF quarterback Jim Kelly who is absolutely fantastic as they hit on such topics as Scott Norwood’s infamous missed Super Bowl XXV field goal, the future of football in Buffalo and his remarkably passionate Hall of Fame speech from 2002 that he dedicated to his late son Hunter, who suffered from a nervous system disorder known as Krabbe disease. It’s a must-listen as Kelly touches on the state of the current Bills team and whether or not QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is the answer in Buffalo.

Next, we catch up with one of pro football’s biggest icons as John Madden sits down with Rich fresh off a meeting with NFL commish Roger Goodell and others on player safety. Coach Madden shares stories from his Raiders days as well as his hugely successful broadcasting career and the redonkulous football viewing setup he currently enjoys as a retired coach/commentator/video game legend.

Following Coach Madden is class of 1998 enshrinee OT Antony Munoz, who addresses the current state of the Cincinnati Bengals and the hostile situation that his former franchise is facing with quarterback Carson Palmer’s pending retirement. It’s not all serious chatter, though, as Munoz shares a hilarious story about his struggles with one particular piece of golf equipment.

The podcast wraps up with former L.A. Rams teammates Jack Youngblood and Jackie Slater. The two dig deep as they reminisce on stories of the past, what it was like playing in the NFL in the late 1970′s with the Hollywood scene as their backdrop and if a return to L.A. is a good thing for the NFL. As expected the stories are great and put a cap on what was an even better weekend as the NFL Network family saw three of its own enshrined in Ed Sabol, Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders.

Lastly a special thank you to Joe Horrigan, Pete Fierle & Matt Waechter of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton for their efforts this week and assistance in making this inaugural on-the-road podcast possible. Also be sure to check out NFL AUCTION if you’re interested in obtaining any of the Hall of Fame autographed memorabilia you see on the TV version of the podcast. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to such charitable organizations as the Player Care Foundation, NFL Play 60 and many more. This week’s podcast airs Wednesday on NFL Network at 9 p.m. ET. As always, enjoy and be sure to follow the podcast on Twitter @TheEisenPodcast.
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