(KMOV) – Former St. Louis Cardinals lineman and radio announcer will retire from the broadcast booth after this season, CBS announced Wednesday.
Dierdorf, who played 13 years with the Cardinals before starting a career in the broadcast booth with KMOX Radio, has been involved with the NFL for 43 straight y ears.
“I have been blessed to spend my entire life in the game I love,” said Dierdorf, the longest tenured NFL analyst on television. “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.”
From 1971 through 1983, Dierdorf was named an All-Pro six times, was dubbed the NFL’s top offensive lineman three times and was voted to the NFL Team of the Decade for the 1970s.
After being a Cardinals color commentator for KMOX in the 1984 season, he did play-by-play and color duties for national CBS Radio games for the next two years. He then worked on “Monday Night Football” for 12 years before coming back to CBS in 1999.
Dierdorf was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996 and was given the 2008 Pete Rozelle award, given annually to those who have made “long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”
He joins Frank Gifford, John Madden and Len Dawson as the only people to have been inducted and win the award.