Former NFL Running Back LaDainian Tomlinson to Make Acting Debut in ‘God Bless the Broken Road’ Alongside Jordan Sparks and Robin Givens

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 02: Singer/actress Jordin Sparks (L) and former NFL player LaDainian Tomlinson attend the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas on December 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 02: Singer/actress Jordin Sparks (L) and former NFL player LaDainian Tomlinson attend the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas on December 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LaDainian Tomlinson, the NFL Network analyst and former star running back, will make his feature-film acting debut in a movie based on the country song “Bless the Broken Road,” which was first recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more recently was a hit for Rascal Flatts.

In the film, titled God Bless the Broken Road, Tomlinson plays a pastor trying to help a distressed mom, played by Lindsay Pulsipher, and a disabled war veteran, played by Arthur Cartwright. Jordin Sparks, Kim Delaney, Robin Givens and Madeline Carroll also star.

The song’s lyrics tell of a person finding love after making a series of poor decisions. In the drama, a mother struggles to raise her daughter after losing her husband to war in Afghanistan.

“Bless the Broken Road,” written by Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd and Jeff Hanna, appeared on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Acoustic album in 1994 and has been covered several times since, most successfully by Rascal Flatts in 2004, when it spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts and won a Grammy Award for best country song.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Bond