New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Dan Dierdorf is retiring from broadcasting
after a 30-year stint in the NFL booth following this season.
Dierdorf has spent the last 43 seasons involved in the NFL. He currently teams
with Greg Gumbel for NFL on CBS coverage.
During a 13-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1971-83, Dierdorf
was named All-Pro six times, was selected as the NFL's top offensive lineman
three times and was voted to the NFL Team of the Decade for the 1970s. He was
inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
He began his NFL broadcasting career in 1984, the year after retirement from
playing, as a color analyst for KMOX's Radio coverage of the St. Louis
Cardinals and NFL games for CBS Radio Network. He was a play-by-play announcer
for the NFL on CBS broadcasts in 1985 before switching to color analysis in
1986. In 1987 Dierdorf joined ABC Sports' "Monday Night Football" for 12
years, before returning to CBS Sports in 1999.
"I have been blessed to spend my entire life in the game I love," said
Dierdorf. "I had an opportunity to go from the field directly to the broadcast
booth where I have had the privilege of working with the giants of our
business including Ray Scott, Lindsey Nelson, Jack Buck, Dick Stockton, Al
Michaels, Frank Gifford, Verne Lundquist, Dick Enberg and lastly, my partner,
Greg Gumbel. It has become a challenge for me to travel to a different NFL
city every week, so it's time to step aside. This has been a wonderful ride as
I really have lived the dream."
Dierdorf was the 2008 recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete
Rozelle Radio-Television Award, given annually given by the Pro Football Hall
of Fame in recognition of "long-time exceptional contributions to radio and
television in professional football." He joins Frank Gifford, John Madden and
Len Dawson as the only members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to also have
won the Rozelle Award.
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