Former great Palmer joins broadcast team


Temple announced Tuesday  that former running back Paul Palmer will serve as color analyst for the Temple Radio Network on all football broadcasts.

 “I am extremely excited about being back at Temple. I’ve missed it,” Palmer said. “My family and friends are excited, too. I can’t wait.”

 Palmer was a unanimous first-team All-American as a senior, when he led the nation in rushing yards (1,866), rushing yards per game (169.6) and all purpose yards (2,633). The 1986 ECAC Player of the Year, Palmer, who finished second in Heisman Trophy voting  that year, set 23 school records and still holds Temple records for  career rushing attempts (935), rushing yards (4,895), 100-yard rushing games (21) and 200-yard rushing games (six). Palmer was a first round draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs where he led the AFC in kickoff return average (24.3 yards per attempt) as a rookie and rushed for 607 yards in two seasons.

 Palmer replaces 1974 Maxwell Award winner Steve Joachim, who had to step aside following 13 years as the color analyst for Temple Football due to increased work commitments with his full-time position. Palmer previously served as the Owls’ sideline reporter for four seasons (2001-04)

 “We are thrilled to announce that arguably one of the greatest players to don the Cherry and White will join our radio team,” said Temple Larry Dougherty, senior associate director of athletic communications. “Paul brings a wealth of experience as a player and coach, and is familiar with our radio broadcasts. His knowledge and familiarity with Temple Football will be a great asset in the booth.”

The 2013 season marks Palmer’s return to radio. He served as the Owls’ sideline reporter for four seasons (2001-04.

All 12 of Temple’s football games will hit the airwaves with WPHT 1210 AM serving as the flagship station.