Covering one of the NFL’s most storied franchises, Lyndsay Petruny may quickly emerge as the most popular member of the Chicago Bears family. Along with Anthony “Spice” Adams, she is the co-host for Fox 32’s Inside the Bears (which debuted on September 14), a magazine-style program showcasing what Bears players and coaches do when not on the gridiron. Her effervescent popularity and strong knowledge of the game are poised to shine through.
With the program featuring year-long coverage of the franchise, it is a unique aspect which is unprecedented. The franchise could not have found a better co-host in the 27 year-old Petruny, whose experience includes coverage of three storied football teams; Penn State Nittany Lions football on Big Ten Tonight, Steelers Saturday Night on Pitt CW Network and two programs with the New England Patriots, the Bears’ opponents in Super Bowl XX.
Her work with the New England Patriots established her as a remarkable presence among women in the NFL. Totally Patriots was a youth oriented program that Petruny was involved with which aired on CBS Boston. She was also the host and producer of the daily webcast Patriots Today, while providing correspondence on Patriots All-Access, respectively. The highlight of her tenure with the club may have been when she travelled with them to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
In addition to her new gig on Inside the Bears, Petruny is also the new sideline reporter for all games at Soldier Field. Providing information for all fans in attendance, she can be seen on screen and on TV monitors throughout the facility. From interviewing players and coaches on site, to providing injury reports and scores from other games, Petruny helps to provide fans in attendance with the television experience, enriching the outing of attending a Bears game.
This experience has worked well in other sports throughout North America. Jill Martin, who is currently a TV personality on NBC’s Today Show and an in-game reporter for MSG Network at New York Knicks games was highly popular on the Miami sports scene. Working as a reporter during Miami Heat contests, she also added humor to her repertoire. She would participate in free throws with celebrities in attendance, only adding to her popularity.
Although it would be fun to see Petruny try and kick a field goal in Solider Field during halftime, it may be a better option when the weather is a little warmer. As a side note, it would be refreshing if Petruny could possible provide some coverage of the city of Chicago’s glorious women’s football teams. Both the WFA’s Chicago Force and the LFL’s Chicago Bliss won their respective league championships. Perhaps a summertime story on the fearless females of the gridiron could inject a breath of fresh air.
While the native of Pittsburgh and graduate of Kent State University, where she was also homecoming queen in 2007, has been touted as one of the hottest sports reporters, there is substance as well. In addition to experience with public relations, social media, website building and events planning, she is more than just a pretty face. It would be refreshing if female on-air personalities could be evaluated on their knowledge of the game, rather than their status as eye candy.
Predicted by some media outlets to be the next Erin Andrews (which is highly common for young, attractive female broadcasters), Petruny is capable of carving her own unique legacy. While she is likely destined for the national airwaves, for now, Chicago Bears fans are happy to call her one of their own.