NFL Network Adds Tomlinson to Its Backfield


Former NFL Most Valuable Player LaDainian Tomlinson has joined the NFL Network.

Tomlinson will serve as an analyst on the network's new Sunday morning show, First on the Field, which premieres Sept. 9, the first Sunday of the season. The two-hour morning program will run from 7-9 a.m. ET, and feature live reports from the day's game sites. Tomlinson will be joined by fellow analysts Sterling Sharpe, Michael Lombardi and host Melissa Stark.

"We are excited to add LaDainian Tomlinson to the NFL Network team and what better way to introduce him on a new show to kick off NFL Sundays," said NFL Network executive producerEric Weinberger. "Our seasoned First on the Field roster will benefit from the fresh off-the-field perspective from one of history's top running backs.

Tomlinson played from 2001-11, with most of those as a member of the San Diego Chargers. A five-time Pro Bowl running back, he won the league's Most Valuable Player award in 2006.