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 podcast, “What Happened to that Guy?”

John Eisenberg explores the post-football life of various former Ravens in his 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.

Season 1

Meet John Eisenberg

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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.

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