While we were watching the future of the NFL on the field last Saturday night, the end of an era was taking place in the broadcast booth. The AFC divisional matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots signified the last game for CBS commentator Dan Dierdorf. With a new era in his life beginning, lets take a look back at the great career of Dan Dierdorf.
Dierdorf began his career in football when the Michigan Wolverine was drafted 43rd overall by the St. Louis Cardinals. In his 13-year career, the Offensive Lineman made six Pro Bowls, five First-team All Pro selections, and three Offensive Lineman of the year awards. Dierdorf also held an impressive stat of not giving up a single sack in over two years.
When he finally decided to hang it up, Dierdorf became a pioneer in the broadcast booth. The St. Louis Cardinal became one of the first offensive linemen to ever work in broadcasting. Early in his career, Dierdorf would go back and forth between play by play and color analyst. This would take place for three years until the opportunity of a lifetime cam knocking.
In 1987, Dierdorf would join Al Michaels and Frank Gifford in the booth, calling Monday Night Football. He would work 12 fantastic years before moving back to CBS. His most memorable game in 1994 when Dierdorf called a game between the Joe Montana led Kansas City Chiefs and John Elway’s Denver Broncos. In his final season, Montana led a game winning drive, besting Elway 31-28.
While he shined brightest in football, his greatness wasn’t only prevalent in football. Dierfdorf was also the boxing commentator for ABC and was a Olympic correspondent.
All of his hard work was culminated in 2008, when the man, born in Canton Ohio, was awarded the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television award.
CBS gave Dierdorf a beautiful send off towards the end of the playoff game last week. Now that his career is over, the hall of famer will be having major back surgery. In regards to the surgery, Dierdorf said “I’ve had back problems for a long time, but my family and friends have been saying, ‘You are worse than you were a year ago,’’’ he said. “It’s time to get this done.’’ He will be missed in the booth and we wish him a quick and full recovery.