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Dan Dierdorf retires from broadcasting

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Dan Dierdorf, who followed a Hall of Fame career as an offensive lineman with a three-decade career as a broadcaster, is retiring.

CBS announced today that this season will be Dierdorf’s last in the booth. The 64-year-old Dierdorf suggested that the physical difficulties of traveling each week are the primary reason he has decided to step aside.

“I have been blessed to spend my entire life in the game I love,” Dierdorf said in a statement. “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.”

After an All-American career at Michigan, Dierdorf was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971. He had a 13-year career, was chosen to six Pro Bowls and was elected to both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His broadcasting career began as soon as his playing career ended, meaning this is his 43rd consecutive year in the NFL.

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  1. footballislife01 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:19 AM

    Finally!!!

  2. dhardy8207 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:21 AM

    Best Wishes Dan! Thanks for many good years of commentating our NFL games..

  3. seachicken64 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:21 AM

    Good – he is terrible in the booth.

  4. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 20, 2013 11:21 AM

    I miss Madden, but I’m glad to see this guy go. I hated it when he’d break down a play or penalty before the replay only to be proven completely wrong.

  5. liner1900 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:21 AM

    17 flights a year + a playoff game or two? Doesn’t seem too taxing to me, but good luck Dan. You’re one of the better ones.

  6. dlbpatsfan says: Nov 20, 2013 11:22 AM

    Who’s going to commentate next to Greg Gumbel?

  7. briang123 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:23 AM

    I don’t know if he isn’t not one of the biggest hypocrites to every talk about player conduct when he was as a dirty of a player as they come. And he stunk as a broadcaster.

  8. britishteeth says: Nov 20, 2013 11:24 AM

    I can only hope that Ray Lewis doesn’t last that long.

  9. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 20, 2013 11:24 AM

    Nice ride cowboy. It was time for something new.

  10. mickton says: Nov 20, 2013 11:26 AM

    Dan you will be missed

  11. pickensclause says: Nov 20, 2013 11:26 AM

    Respect to his playing career, but THANK GOD!

  12. thermanmerman99 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:26 AM

    remember this clown doing jets games with mark sanchez? this guy couldnt salivate enough about how great and amazing mark sanchez was, acted like he was the greatest qb who ever lived. good riddance to this buffoon

  13. kingcasper says: Nov 20, 2013 11:27 AM

    THANK YOU SWEET BABY JESUS! He was awful…

  14. domeunit says: Nov 20, 2013 11:28 AM

    I wasn’t always a fan of Dierdorf, but the man made a living off of his dream jobs, and now gets to spend his days relaxing and doing what he wants. Good for him, a lot of us would’ve switched places with him in a heartbeat.

  15. indytom87 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:28 AM

    Somewhere, Joe Theismann is call his agent.

  16. logast says: Nov 20, 2013 11:29 AM

    Remarkable spending 43 years in and covering the NFL, but Dierdorf can be rather annoying.

  17. misterchainbluelightning says: Nov 20, 2013 11:30 AM

    Who the Heck misses Madden? The guy was the WORST, he called EVERY SINGLE game as if it was the world’s first time ever witnessing a football game.

  18. milkmandanimal says: Nov 20, 2013 11:31 AM

    Finally. Dierdorf is the worst broadcaster out there, and only Theisman and Jerry Glanville can rival him for being the singly worst NFL broadcast guy in history. He talks constantly about how “player X is one of the great ones” regardless of how good they are, misses details left and right, and is actively wrong multiple times a game. He’s terrible, and should have left years ago.

    AFC games may actually become watchable now; just wondering what it takes to get rid of Phil Simms as well.

  19. Deb says: Nov 20, 2013 11:32 AM

    Have always enjoyed Dan’s commentary. Nice guy, easy on the ears. I’ll miss him.

    Good luck in your future endeavors!

  20. ambitoos says: Nov 20, 2013 11:33 AM

    I know how you feel. I hate traveling, airplanes, hotels, motels. Have a good retirement but I’m sure we’ll see you again somewhere.

  21. tigersfandan says: Nov 20, 2013 11:34 AM

    It seems to me that almost every broadcaster is absolutely hated by some percentage of his listeners.

  22. shackdelrio says: Nov 20, 2013 11:34 AM

    As a kid, I remember watching him, Al Michaels and Frank Gifford on Monday Night Football. That’s when MNF was must watch television. That was before ABC destoyed it with the Dennis Miller debacle.

  23. kgun80 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:35 AM

    Worst most bias announcer ever! He announced the Bills Pats game this year. He kept referring to Brady as Tom. We all know Brady is a great QB. But we don’t need 3 hours of praise even while the other teams offense is on the field to gush and profess his love for “Tom”.

  24. vooyah says: Nov 20, 2013 11:36 AM

    Football Player: Outstanding! Commentator:Good Riddance.

  25. blue18hutthutt says: Nov 20, 2013 11:37 AM

    Gumbel and Dierdorf are the worst crew next to Aikman and Buck

  26. thekingdave says: Nov 20, 2013 11:37 AM

    Cool. Now he can carry out his long awaited marriage proposal to Terrell Suggs.

  27. whitdog23 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:37 AM

    CBS will go hard for Favre or this could be Tebow’s NFL shot

  28. silvernblak says: Nov 20, 2013 11:38 AM

    THANK YOU! I COULDN’T STAND HIM WHEN HE WAS WITH GIFFORD AND MICHAELS IN THE DAY! Always trying to use words he didn’t understand!

  29. ivanpavlov0000 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:38 AM

    One of my all time favorite MNF moments was some fans hanging a huge banner spanning the length of the upper deck (in the New Orleans Superdome?).

    It read, “Get A Job Dierdorf!”

    He was so upset when the instant replays kept panning across the banner. The rest of the booth was laughing.

  30. footballace says: Nov 20, 2013 11:42 AM

    I respect Dan Dierdorf as a player and a person, but he is a terrible broadcaster and I am not sad to see him go.

    Dierdorf is a huge homer towards certain teams and players. Dan is doing himself and the fans a favor by retiring.

  31. dirtydrew says: Nov 20, 2013 11:42 AM

    Another voice of my football childhood, I’ll always associate Dan Dierdorf with MNF. Here’s to you DD.

  32. joetoronto says: Nov 20, 2013 11:42 AM

    thermanmerman99 says:
    Nov 20, 2013 11:26 AM
    remember this clown doing jets games with mark sanchez? this guy couldnt salivate enough about how great and amazing mark sanchez was, acted like he was the greatest qb who ever lived. good riddance to this buffoon
    **********************************************
    Interesting that you’re calling someone with the accomplishments Dan Dierdorf has a “clown” and a “buffoon”.

    If wondering what that makes someone like you.

    Jackass.

  33. realfootballfan says: Nov 20, 2013 11:43 AM

    Lasting image of him will be how much he hated Boomer Esiason when he took over for Frank Gifford back in the 90′s. It was too funny and didnt even seem like Dan was trying to hide his dislike of him.

  34. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 20, 2013 11:45 AM

    I loved Dierdorf, and consistently found his commentary to be enlightening, insightful and entertaining. Dierdorf also brought a unique flavor with a touch of humor that I really appreciated.

    To me, anyway, I was always put in a better mood when I learned that Dierdorf would be announcing the game I was going to watch. Dierdorf really enhanced my enjoyment of watching football, and he will definitely be missed.

    Also, Dierdorf (and Hannah) ranked as my top two OLs of their generation — two consummate professionals who excelled in both the physical game and the finesse game – plus were outstanding in the aspects involving intellect, technique, leadership and heart.

    I wholeheartedly wish him all the best, and a long enjoyable retirement.

  35. rosmith51 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:46 AM

    Dierdorf was the most consistently biased, non-objective national broadcaster out there.

    He had an absolute hatred for certain teams and individuals that he was childishly and unprofessionally unable to keep out of his game commentary.

    Good riddance.

  36. nflfan1326 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:46 AM

    I liked him. He also has a good restaurant in St Louis.

  37. bucksnknucks says: Nov 20, 2013 11:46 AM

    Can you take Marv Albert with you??

  38. elway6532 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:48 AM

    While its true that Dan may not have been equal to Einstein, compared to guys like Michael Irvin he is an intellectual GIANT!

    What do you expect people? Its a game. How can you really expect someone who made a living playing a kids game to be some sort of genius.

    He was not a great speaker, but certainly light years ahead of B. Obama when it came to communication. If I hear that genius studder his way through one more sentence with 17 uh’s and um’s it will be one too many.

    Peace out!

  39. annes22 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:49 AM

    Well it’s about time, because he doesn’t get the names right, and makes some horrible mistakes sometimes.

  40. peytonwantsaflag says: Nov 20, 2013 11:49 AM

    Thank God – I’m sure the Rooney’s would be more than happy to hire him in pr or maybe as a cheerleading coach.

  41. hawkforlife says: Nov 20, 2013 11:50 AM

    Some of these hateful comments are so undeserved. Now if they were to be applied to Chris Berman and Phil Simms (can you just imagine pairing the two of those egomaniacs together?)

  42. eastofmissball says: Nov 20, 2013 11:51 AM

    Dam Knees will always catch-up with you. What this guy’s body has been through, especially playing in those days and years of fighting the pain and inability, makes me laugh when I see these players w/ a boob-boo, make millions and sit on the sidelines. Best of health Dan.

  43. dontbugmeonsundays says: Nov 20, 2013 11:52 AM

    Dr. Dan Dierdorf as James Brown from CBS would always refer to him as, in my opinion was a good broadcaster. A lot of young fans can’t appreciate him but he was part of a great duo back in the day with Al Michaels and Frank Gifford. He’s an NFL legend in his own right. Best of luck Dan and thanks for the memories.

  44. bluenose1965 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:53 AM

    People seem to be missing the point. CBS announced it would be his last year with the network.

    It’s called being fired!!

    No fan of Dierdorf, glad I won’t have to listen to him commentate anymore. No doubt he’ll show-up on some directional Fox channel spouting his normal rubbish.

  45. folkcrusader says: Nov 20, 2013 11:55 AM

    It always amazed me that a true hall of famer could sound so utterly clueless when talking about the game. I’m sure he’s a great guy, but I will not miss his work in the booth.

  46. Burritto says: Nov 20, 2013 11:55 AM

    Sure, we can complain about Dan Dierdorf’s Fisher-Price: My-First-NFL-Game style of commentary, but we were all the fan who needs that at one point. The NFL has grown immensely over the last 20 years and all of these new fans have needed to learn their ABCs before they’re ready for Collinsworth to explain what the deep safety’s responsibility playing Cover 3 is.

    All the best to Mr. Dierdorf. I respect his immense impact upon the game and hope he enjoys his retirement.

  47. browns627 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:56 AM

    give the dude a break…he can barely walk, the game beat him up pretty bad.

  48. nirvana504 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:57 AM

    Thank you Jesus! WORST EVER.

  49. standintexas says: Nov 20, 2013 11:57 AM

    There is a God after all!

  50. jbaxt says: Nov 20, 2013 12:02 PM

    Now if we can just get Chris Collinsworth out of here.

  51. dspyank2k11 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:04 PM

    “bucksnknucks says:
    Nov 20, 2013 11:46 AM
    Can you take Marv Albert with you??”

    YES!!!!

  52. bigdawg24 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:13 PM

    Bye.

  53. t8ertot says: Nov 20, 2013 12:15 PM

    Yay!! He had an agenda against the bengals. He’s an idiot

  54. u4iadman says: Nov 20, 2013 12:15 PM

    Congratulations Dan.
    F off to the tool sak who said “Finally!”

  55. broncosllbuckya says: Nov 20, 2013 12:18 PM

    Thanks, Dan. Youare a class act and as a broadcaster, your ability to be literate burys that of Phil Simms.

  56. wrdtoyrmama says: Nov 20, 2013 12:20 PM

    Enjoy retirement Dan, you were one of the best OL in the game.

    Imo, as a broadcaster it was a bit more of a mixed bag. Initially Dierdorf was one of the best, describing defenses, play in the trenches, which was rarely analyzed.

    Unfortunately as the years wore on, those insights got to be less and less unique, and it seemed that he was less able to anticipate strategy, and became relegated to telling us what we just saw on the field. That, and the constant stream of high praise for marginal talent, took him down the rungs of analysts.

    But overall, Dan was a good guy, and had a great first and second career in pro football without drawing attention to himself by self-promoting and catch phrases. Good on him.

  57. annapterp says: Nov 20, 2013 12:21 PM

    Great player but absolutely AWFUL in the booth. First, how can a guy with a lisp have a broadcasting job? He must have been spitting all over his partners in the booth!

    That said, what a great career for a guy who at 64 can retire and do whatever he wants for the most part.

  58. freepretzels says: Nov 20, 2013 12:24 PM

    Shame that a guy retires and gets trashed here. Dan wasn’t perfect, but I appreciate his eye for line play and he was part of the greatest MNF lineup that I ever watched.

  59. bengalsucker says: Nov 20, 2013 12:25 PM

    Dierdorf is one of the most biased announcers I’ve ever had to listen to. During the Ravens/Bengals game, he had absolutely nothing good to say about the Bengals but just talked great of the Ravens who weren’t playing good either. I knew it was time for him to hang it up when later he says “yeah the cornerback was pulling the receivers arm back before the ball got there but it was a good no-call by the refs”. Seriously?! You just said the corner was pulling the receiver’s arm back before the ball got there. That’s PI Dan! Good riddance. Happy to see him go!

  60. eatitfanboy says: Nov 20, 2013 12:33 PM

    I didn’t particularly enjoy his style, but I will give him credit for the one thing I tend to notice most about announcers- he actually paid attention to what was going on on the field, and I never got the impression that he thought the broadcast was more about him than the game.

    So many of the new breed of announcers- I am looking directly at you, Mike Mayock- almost treat what is happening in the game as secondary to whatever point they are trying to make. Or they will start telling some story they got during the week about a player and keep plowing on through it while an actual play is taking place on the field.

    He’s not the only one. I think I counted 5 times on the Red Zone Channel last weekend where the announcers didn’t notice there was a flag on the field until the ref started announcing the penalty because they were too busy listening to themselves talk to pay attention.

    And yes, I realize that I just used Dan Dierdorf’s retirement as an excuse to rant about announcers in general. Sorry.

  61. lawyermalloy says: Nov 20, 2013 12:33 PM

    Thank G-D!

  62. elway6532 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:35 PM

    Emmit Smith gave him the “rice of passage” ha ha LOL

  63. ryanrockzzz says: Nov 20, 2013 12:35 PM

    It’s funny how everyone hates everyone announcer. What announcer’s ARE acceptable. I thought Dierdorf was easy on the ears, great voice for a color man, which makes watching the game a good experience. His insight wasn’t nearly as a good as say someone like a Collinsworth, but overall he was fine. Judging by some of these comments, sounds like he was forcing people to change the channel he was so bad, which was ridiculous.

  64. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 20, 2013 12:37 PM

    How can anyone find that mushmouth easy on the ears? I simply cannot understand how producers put guys with obvious speech impediments (Dierdorf, Mayock, Lou Holtz) in positions where they can be heard. It’s unfair to the listener.

    Sadly, it may also be time for Al Michaels to go as well… Great voice, consummate pro, but all things must and do end.

    Goodbye, Dan. You assaulted my ears for nearly all of the 38 years I’ve been a fan.

  65. shlort says: Nov 20, 2013 12:37 PM

    Hopefully Troy Aikman follows Dan’s lead and hangs up his Mic after this season as well.

    There has to be some ex-players who have a knowledge of the game beyond the position they played.

    Johnston is good in the booth. Collinsworth does a great job. I like Chuckie as an analyst as well. That about covers it for guys who are willing to give an unbiased and knowledgeable analysis of the game. There is nothing worse that watching/listening to guys like Aikman talk stupid.

  66. jjackwagon says: Nov 20, 2013 12:38 PM

    Great player, horrible commentator, buh-bye.

  67. rgwhodey says: Nov 20, 2013 12:42 PM

    Thank god, awful just awful commentator, I’d say a few years too late…

  68. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:44 PM

    I always liked this guy. He had that ‘I drink a lot’ kind of voice like pat summerall.

    He always didn’t get too involved in drama like joe buck or al michales, or I guess most of the commentators.

  69. eagles512 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:44 PM

    Thought he was terrible as a MNF guy but thought he was much better the last few years.

  70. onixtorres says: Nov 20, 2013 12:46 PM

    Best of luck to you Mr. Dierdorf!

  71. southpaw2k says: Nov 20, 2013 12:48 PM

    To anyone who says Dierdorf is “the WORST” in the booth, you clearly have not heard Madden’s man-love for Brett Favre. No broadcaster in history can ever come close to Madden’s obsession with Favre.

    Maybe CBS will hire Mike Mayock away from the NFL Network. He’s one of the best color guys out there today.

  72. dougy1970 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:51 PM

    He felt obligated to comment on every single play. He clung to pre-determined story lines no matter what was actually happening in the game. He relentlessly canonized NFL marquee players with lengthy, schmaltzy tributes. He overstated the importance of drives and games in the big picture. He inserted “I or me” in 75% of his sentences (e.g. “If I’m Bill Parcells here, I might think about taking a timeout. but that’s just me). He felt compelled to tell us that the guy’s knee was down 14x when they showed a clear replay 14x that the guy’s knee was down as if we were blind men in the bleachers.

    But worst of all, he managed to stump for Jim Hart for the Hall of Fame during a Jacksonville-Tennessee game.

  73. pmars64 says: Nov 20, 2013 12:54 PM

    As broadcasters go, I didn’t mind Dierdorf. To be honest, I think most of them are very good anyway. Solomon Wilcotts? Troy Aikman? Cris Collinsworth? I can’t think of a color-guy I like these days.

    What I don’t understand is why more former coaches aren’t doing color during games. Madden was pretty good, especially early in his career. And I remember Jim Mora Sr. breaking down plays like I’d never heard before. He was dry as dirt in his delivery, but he knew what he was talking about.

  74. mizzousooner says: Nov 20, 2013 12:56 PM

    .
    “Who the Heck misses Madden? The guy was the WORST, he called EVERY SINGLE game as if it was the world’s first time ever witnessing a football game.”

    Agreed! Listening to Madden was down right torturous! “…and boom!”

  75. mudflapjesus says: Nov 20, 2013 12:59 PM

    Easily the worst commentator of all time.

  76. nopepper123 says: Nov 20, 2013 1:03 PM

    How about giving Cris Carter a shot in the both? He’s extremely intelligent and as long as he is being kept off the field as a head coach, maybe he could be put on the “on deck circle” with a mic……

  77. badmoonrison says: Nov 20, 2013 1:04 PM

    THANK GOD!!! He always had such a negative atttude in his broadcast…good riddance.

  78. thingamajig says: Nov 20, 2013 1:07 PM

    Kinda hard to stay 30 years in a job that you’re lousy at. Maybe most of the responders to this post could be wrong. I liked him, so the TV exec’s and I think you’re wrong.

  79. ma5terbla5t3r says: Nov 20, 2013 1:07 PM

    “Thisth isth just thuper news, Greg. I’ve been in thisth booth for yearsth from Gifford to Michaelsth, and there isth no better way to be thent off. Goodbye Nathional Football League. I will missth you!”

  80. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 20, 2013 1:09 PM

    Six Rings is preferable.

  81. grogseal says: Nov 20, 2013 1:12 PM

    While I admire his persistence and courage, this decision is long overdue.
    My wife hears the cry, “Oh no, not him!!” when I turn a game on and either Dan or Troy Aikman is the commentator.
    Especially frustrating was when Dan would discover what in his mind was a salient point regarding the game and then repeat it over and over and over and…..

  82. godofwine330 says: Nov 20, 2013 1:13 PM

    I have always loved listening to him in the booth. He was, “Al & Frank & Dan” when I first started watching MNF, and I believe got a raw deal being forced to leave. He didn’t sugar coat anything, and compared to Gruden, who sugar-coats everything, you know what I mean. He doesn’t pull punches, and he always cals it like he sees it, which as a football fan you appreciate that.

    He will be missed.

  83. sc711 says: Nov 20, 2013 1:14 PM

    I can already tell you the best replacement….Dave Logan.

  84. sanitytrek says: Nov 20, 2013 1:25 PM

    The only one who annoys me more that Dan is Phil Simms because Phil can’t say “Him.” He says “eeem.” Look at eeem go, or watch eeem throw etc. C’Mon Phil it’s easy H-I-M. Him, not eeem!

    Dierdorf was THE MOST BIASED broadcaster in the biz!!

    Good Riddance!!!

  85. ma5terbla5t3r says: Nov 20, 2013 1:25 PM

    grogseal says:Nov 20, 2013 1:12 PM

    While I admire his persistence and courage, this decision is long overdue.
    My wife hears the cry, “Oh no, not him!!” when I turn a game on and either Dan or Troy Aikman is the commentator.
    Especially frustrating was when Dan would discover what in his mind was a salient point regarding the game and then repeat it over and over and over and…..
    __________________________________

    I totally agree. Try this drinking game during the game Aikman calls. Whenever Aikman says “yeah”, “well”, “I mean”, or “you know” – you have to take a drink.

    You will be rushed to the hospital five minutes into the game.

  86. jjbadd385 says: Nov 20, 2013 1:30 PM

    Best Wishes..MNF was the beat with FRANK , AL , & DAN!

  87. mackcarrington says: Nov 20, 2013 2:22 PM

    I remember when Dierdorf began his broadcasting career. I was a lot younger, but at the time he seemed like a breath of fresh air.He used to say things like “I was just a dumb offensive lineman…” and his perspective was unique at the time. I recall his star rising until he reached the pinnacle of his profession, MNF. Then, it seems, he became like an airplane stalling in mid-air. He seemed to become full of himself. He would make absolute declarations about plays that would most times be proven incorrect, and thus make himself look foolish. Then at some point he started becoming almost unbearable to listen to. Maybe it’s time for him to retire.

  88. sampulls says: Nov 20, 2013 7:51 PM

    Dan was one of the best. Gonna miss him!

  89. fdugrad says: Nov 20, 2013 8:22 PM

    I am giving away my age, however I always admired watching his playing skills. He was an intelligent, thoughtful OL who was also very skilled. He played on some mighty poor St. Louis Cardinal teams yet he gave a great effort each and every game, earning him a well-deserved bust in Canton. Best wishes for an enjoyable retirement Dan. You certainly earned it over the many years.

  90. stoptrippn says: Nov 21, 2013 12:03 PM

    Dan great player. Best wishes

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