Total Access: The Journey to the Center of the NFL Universe

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Rich Eisen always wanted to write a book, not only because he has a lot of fun, interesting stories he’s been dying to share with everyone, but also because he’s interviewed hundreds of athletes—many of whom like to refer to themselves in the third person. In his eleven years as a national television sportscaster, Rich Eisen has been envious of those athletes because Rich Eisen has never been able to do that on his job, so the host of NFL Network decided to write a book and use it as an admittedly feeble excuse ...

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Overview

Rich Eisen always wanted to write a book, not only because he has a lot of fun, interesting stories he’s been dying to share with everyone, but also because he’s interviewed hundreds of athletes—many of whom like to refer to themselves in the third person. In his eleven years as a national television sportscaster, Rich Eisen has been envious of those athletes because Rich Eisen has never been able to do that on his job, so the host of NFL Network decided to write a book and use it as an admittedly feeble excuse to go third-person on everybody. Not throughout the whole book, of course. That may get quite exhausting for the reader. But for an entire book jacket? Well, Rich Eisen was all over that.

That’s the why behind this book. As for the how, Rich Eisen just took it one sentence at a time and hoped for the best. You know, start with a few words and turn those words into sentences which turned into paragraphs and chapters and, eventually, into this book. Rich Eisen didn’t worry about the big picture and just kept focusing on the things that he could control—the keyboard, the ON/OFF button on his computer, his dictionary, his thesaurus, and last—but certainly not least—the spell-check on his word processing program. One day, when it’s all over, only then will Rich Eisen look back on his career and try to put it all in perspective, but right now Rich Eisen absolutely knows he would not be where he is today without his spell-check.

By now you must be wondering: What’s this book about? It’s about a journey. It’s about eating, living, and breathing the most popular sport in the history of America. The passion. The pageantry. The pigskin. Thanks to his role as host of the NFL Network’s signature program, NFL Total Access, Rich Eisen gets to go to virtually every event on the NFL Calendar—-the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl, the Scouting Combine, the NFL Draft, and the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. You name it, Rich Eisen is there. And thanks to this book, you can go along for the ride with him—in front of the camera interviewing league MVPs and former presidents of the United States or behind the scenes with some of the game’s all-time greats like Deion Sanders, Ray Lewis, and Brett Favre, just to name a few. I mean, Rich Eisen doesn’t want to name-drop. In all seriousness, Rich Eisen doesn’t have an ego problem.

At any rate, if you love the NFL (and who doesn’t), then this book is for you. If you’re curious what it would be like to live the sport year-round, this book is for you. You see, it’s not all about Rich Eisen. It’s about you reading this book and enjoying it to its fullest. At least Rich Eisen hopes you will.

Advance Praise for Total Access:

“I've always admired Rich Eisen’s work, so it's no surprise to me that his book is very entertaining. What is a surprise is that he's somehow found time to write it in between the NFL Network’s 6,347 hours of coverage of weak-side linebackers who could be draft-sleepers. That sort of programming and this book about it are both genuine public services.” —-Bob Costas

“A lot of things in our lives are far less than as advertised, but this book advertises Total Access and gives you Total Access. That’s right. Total Access! I’m not kidding. I liked this book and I’m not a reader.” —-Tony Kornheiser, columnist for The Washington Post and co-host for ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption

“Rich uses his great sense of humor to detail the life of an on-air NFL personality. It is a world I know well, but still I couldn't stop turning the pages. It is a great read—-a must for anyone who loves television and Pro Football.” —-Joe Buck, Fox Sports

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The title is no empty authorial boast. The host of NFL Total Access puts his claim on the line: "I…personally attend nearly every single event on the NFL calendar. Ton Dungy may go to the Scouting Combine, but he doesn't go to the annual Hall of Fame Ceremony or the Rookie Symposium. I do. Tom Brady may go to the Pro Bowl, but he doesn't go to the NFL Draft or attend the Thanksgiving Day Classic night game. I do. Plus, I get to go to the Scouting Combine and the Pro Bowl, too. And, through this book, so will the reader." Sweet goddess of Nike, this is a barn-burner.
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A self-congratulatory commercial for the NFL and the NFL Network disguised as an insider examination of America's most popular sport. Best known as a former ESPN SportsCenter stalwart, Eisen has been the face of the NFL Network since it launched in 2003. The first channel to focus on a single sport 24/7/365, the Network isn't included in your typical basic cable package, thus it's not included in your typical football fan's life. This wouldn't matter if it were an inherently interesting entity or if Eisen were more of an investigative reporter. But here he comes off as another wide-eyed fan. Only Eisen, for example, would tag as "classic" a meandering blab-fest featuring the CBS studio crew of Jim Nantz, Deion Sanders and Dan Marino. It's one of many direct transcriptions of TV interviews that fail to translate to the page. The book's best section is a collection of reprinted emails that Eisen received from players answering the question, "Do you have a ritual or superstition before every game?" Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne waxes poetic about his unshakeable desire for pregame soup, while Cleveland Browns defensive back Gary Baxter craves Lay's potato chips. If Eisen had followed this route throughout and focused more on the players as people-and less on the Network and mind-numbing NFL minutia-he might have had something special. As it's presented, though, the book is a self-indulgent, mildly informative trip through the bowels of the NFL and cable television. Who'd have thought it was possible to make professional football boring?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312369781
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Rich Eisen has been the signature host of NFL Network since its inception in 2003, anchoring its most popular programs, NFL Total Access and NFL GameDay. For seven years, Eisen served as a lead anchor of SportsCenter on ESPN, which discovered him on the local sports desk in Redding, California, in 1996. Eisen worked as a play-by-play announcer and late-night studio host for CBS Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships and was also a mainstay on VH-1’s popular anthology series I Love the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. He runs a 6.43 40-yard dash in lace-up Zegna Crocs and lives in Beverly Hills with his lovely wife, Suzy, and lovable rescue dog, Hudson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

    The Irreverent Insider

    Is there any doubt this book is an instant classic? Honed by years on the sidelines of West Valley High football games, Rich quickly developed the skills to get to the heart of any story. 'I couldn't put it down!' 'A must for any NFL fan!' 'Can I share in the royalties?'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    Wow

    this is a great book for all football fans. If you have or watch the Nfl Network you will enjoy Rich's comedy in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2007

    Total Access an NFL fan's dream gift

    When I first got the NFL Netork in my area, I thought it was the best thing I'd ever seen. The thought of having 24/7 coverage of anything NFL was a dream come true, and Mr. Eisen became my new best friend. And that is how I feel reading his new book, 'Total Access: A Journey to the Center of the NFL Universe.' Rich Eisen gives readers a behind the scenes look at everything from the NFL draft to Super Bowl Sunday, speaking to us as if he were an old pal. This is a great read: insightful, humorous and entertaining. A wonderful gift idea for anyone who loves all that is NFL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    A reviewer

    I enjoyed this book. I really liked the part when Eisen blew out his hammy running the 40 yard dash at the combine and also got hurt tackling a tackling dummy of all things. The chapter about the combine was excellent.

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