Former Wayzata and Ohio State star linebacker James Laurinaitis has joined the Big Ten Network as an analyst. BTN President Mark Silverman said Laurinaitis will co-host a weekly Ohio State show for SportsTime Ohio.

“James Laurinaitis had perhaps the best screen test I’ve ever seen,” Silverman said. “James came in and the intelligence, how thoughtful, well spoken, for somebody who literally just retired months ago, really blew us all away.”

Laurinaitis retired from the NFL in April after an eight-year career.

“I’m just humbled and honored at the opportunity,” he told the Star Tribune. “I’m ready to work hard, be a sponge, learn and continue to watch and talk about the game I love.”

Laurinaitis, 30, played seven seasons with the St. Louis Rams before five games with the Saints last year. He had 869 combined tackles and 16.5 sacks in 117 games.