Dan Dierdorf, NFL Hall of Famer and Broadcaster, Announces Retirement

Image: Dan Dierdorf, NFL Hall of Famer and Broadcaster, Announces Retirement

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 07:18 PM

By David Ogul

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Dan Dierdorf is calling it quits after three decades of broadcasting NFL games.

Dierdorf, 64, headed to the broadcast booth after playing on the offensive line with the St. Louis Cardinals for 13 years, six of which he was named an All-Pro.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

CBS announced the retirement on Wednesday. He is the NFL’s longest tenured announcer, starting off as a color analyst for KMOX Radio coverage of St. Louis Cardinals games and other NFL games for the CBS Radio Network. He also broadcast Monday Night Football games for a dozen years before returning to CBS Sports in 1999.

“I’ve just never done anything else in the fall other than be in an NFL stadium,” the Hall-of-Famer who played his college ball at Michigan told the Associated Press. He said he’s only attended five Michigan games since he left the Ann Arbor campus, and he plans to take the time now “to go tailgate with some of my buddies.”

Dierdorf told the AP he remains mentally sharp, but his knees are shot. He said he considered retiring last season, and he added he may continue to broadcast games in St. Louis (where he lives) or on radio if it doesn’t require much travel.

“The reality is, from a physical standpoint, it’s too much for me, especially the travel,” the announcer told SI.com. “I have two artificial knees, two artificial hips, nerve damage in my legs, and it’s a struggle for me to walk. That’s the reality of it. Ask anyone who has seen me go through a press box.”

Dierdorf was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. He joined Frank Gifford, John Madden, and Len Dawson as the only Hall of Fame Players who also have been bestowed with the hall’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.

“For 43 NFL seasons Dan Dierdorf has been a consummate professional both on the field and in the broadcast booth,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com. “Very few people in any profession can boast a Hall of Fame playing career and a Hall of Fame broadcasting career.”

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Tarpon Springs Officer Fatally Shot, Then Run Over by Fugitive

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 03:04 AM

A Tarpon Springs police officer was fatally shot and run over on Sunday by a Florida fugitive trying to evade an arrest  . . .

Fox News Dish Blackout Blamed on Contract Negotiations on Fees

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 02:42 AM

Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network were blacked out on Dish Network on Sunday as part of contract negotiation . . .

Heidi Klum Ads Too Racy Even for Sin City Airport Toned Down

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 01:56 AM

Ads containing images of Heidi Klum deemed too racy even for Sin City's airport have been toned down and will appear ins . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved