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Former Frog LaDainian Tomlinson joins preseason broadcast team for LA Chargers

LT’s second career as a broadcaster is taking a big step forward.

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You could say that former TCU Football player LaDainian Tomlinson has had a pretty good 12 months.

It was just over a year ago that LT was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a stellar NFL career with the Chargers and Jets.

A few months after that, he joined TCU’s Board of Trustees.

And now, the star of the NFL Network’s pregame show has a new title to add - Los Angeles Chargers Color Commentator.

Wednesday, it was announced by the Chargers that Tomlinson would join play-by-play man Spero Dedes in the booth for the Bolts preseason run, as part of a team that also includes sideline reporter Hayley Elwood.

Here’s more from the press release by the Chargers:

Chargers fans in San Diego can once again see every preseason game on KFMB-TV (CBS 8). Entering its 20th year as the official home of Chargers preseason football in San Diego, CBS 8 is recognized as the network’s strongest West Coast affiliate and San Diego’s leader in news and sports reporting. On top of the Chargers’ three locally broadcast preseason games, CBS 8 will also carry the team’s nationally televised preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 25 vs. New Orleans (5:00 pm PT) as well as 12 of the Bolts regular season contests.

In the booth for Chargers’ preseason telecasts, Tomlinson will provide color commentary and expert analysis alongside Spero Dedes, who enters his fourth year as the play-by-play voice for Bolts preseason games, and Hayley Elwood, who will add preseason sideline reporting to her duties as team reporter. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame in 2017, the dynamic TCU product rushed for 10 or more touchdowns in each of his nine seasons with the Chargers and helped lead the Bolts to five AFC West Division titles in a six-season span between 2004 and 2009. In 2006 he was named NFL Most Valuable Player after rushing for a career-best 1,815 yards and 28 touchdowns to go along with three receiving touchdowns – Tomlinson’s 31 total touchdowns and 186 points that season both established new single-season NFL records. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Tomlinson concluded his career ranked fifth all-time in yards rushing (13,684), second in rushing touchdowns (145), third in total touchdowns (163) and fifth in yards from scrimmage (18,456). In 2012, Tomlinson began his career in broadcast when he signed on with NFL Network. Since then, he has become a mainstay as a studio analyst for numerous NFL Network programs that include NFL GameDay Prime and NFL Total Access.

Congrats to LT on the next step of his broadcasting career!