Baltimore Ravens What Happened To That Guy Podcast
What Happened To That Guy Podcast
John Eisenberg explores the post-football life of various former Ravens in his new podcast, “What Happened to that Guy?”
It’s a deep dive into the challenging adjustment that players face when the bright lights of the NFL no longer shine on them and they have to deal with the same questions as everyone else: What do I do in life? How do I balance my checkbook? Some have answers ready. Some have to search.
Joined the Ravens as a fifth-round pick in their original draft – the same 1996 draft that produced Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden.
A native of Prince George’s County, he started as a receiver for the Maryland Terrapins for four years, leaving with the Atlantic Coast Conference record for career pass receptions (193).
He also was a track star in college, competing in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprint events for the Terps.
In six years with the Ravens, he caught 143 passes, returned 370 punts and kickoffs, and scored 23 touchdowns. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1998 and 2001, each time as a punt returner.
In 1997 and 2000, he led the NFL in average yards per punt return. In 2001, he led the league in total punt return yardage.
He still holds most of the Ravens records involving punt returns, such as most career yards (2,730), most career touchdowns (6) and highest career average (11.8).
His career with the Ravens ended when they left him unprotected in a 2002 expansion draft for the Houston Texans. After one year with the Texans, he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003 and 2004, then retired from the NFL.
Meet John Eisenberg
John has written 10 books and more than 4,000 columns during a sportswriting career that began four decades ago. A native of Dallas, Texas and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he started out covering the “Friday Night Lights” for the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald. He joined the staff of the Baltimore Sun in 1984, and for the next 23 years, he wrote columns for The Sun about the hometown Orioles, Ravens (starting in 1996) and Maryland Terrapins, while also covering major events such as the World Series, Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, Olympics and soccer’s World Cup.
He has been honored with several firsts in the prestigious Associated Press Sports Editors’ contest. Since 2009 he has written columns and game analysis on the Ravens’ website.
John’s books have covered such subjects as Vince Lombardi’s first year in Green Bay and an historic Civil War-era horse race. Pro Football Journal ranked his book Cotton Bowl Days as one the 25 best books ever written about pro football. His book The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Baseball’s Most Historic Record, published in 2017, was a finalist for the Casey Award, which honors the year’s best baseball book, and was shortlisted for the PEN/ESPN Literary Sportswriting Award, which honors the year’s best sports book. John’s most recent title is The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire. Published in 2018, it is widely regarded as a seminal look at the early days of pro football.
John has also written for Sports Illustrated and Smithsonian Magazine, and taught sports journalism at Towson University. He lives in Baltimore with his wife of 35 years, Mary Wynne Eisenberg. They have two grown children and a grandson.