Dierdorf decides this will be his last year in the TV booth

101312_NFL_TEN_SEA_Recap_thumb_640x360_54063171663Dan Dierdorf’s run after 30 years as an NFL broadcaster, including 12  on the storied “Monday Night Football” series, will come to an end after this season, CBS announced this morning.

danesThe Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman for his 13 years with the St. Louis Cardinals was the 2008 recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. Only three others have that Hall double honor: Frank Gifford, John Madden and Len Dawson.

“I have been blessed to spend my entire life in the game I love,” said Dierdorf, currently the longest-tenured analyst on NFL games.  “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.”

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus noted that Dierdorf “has been a consummate professional both on the field and in the broadcast booth. Very few people in any profession can boast a Hall of Fame playing career and Hall of Fame broadcasting career.  Dan, without question, is one of them.  His CBS Sports family will miss him on Sundays, but we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Dierdorf began his broadcasting career in 1984 as a color analyst for KMOX’s Radio coverage of the Cardinals as well as doing NFL games for CBS Radio Network.

Dan-DierdorfHe did play-by-play for CBS in 1985 before switching to analyst. He went to ABC for “Monday Night Football” for 12 seasons starting 1987 before returning to CBS in 1999.

“A Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame broadcaster, a unique combination of knowledge and experience that few others can match,” said Gumbel.  “There has never been a day I’ve worked with Dan when I didn’t learn something about the game of football.  For that, and for so much more, I’m forever grateful. His departure is the fans’ loss.  Our loss.  My loss. We will all miss Dan Dierdorf.”

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