Dierdorf retiring from CBS - KMOV.com

Dierdorf retiring from CBS

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(KMOV.com) -- Dan Dierdorf is leaving the broadcast booth. He said on Wednesday that he'll retire after the 2013 football season, ending a career around the NFL that spanned 43 years.

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

Dierdorf, 64, has been slowed by a hip injury, a by-product of playing 13 years as an offensive lineman in the NFL.

"For 43 NFL seasons Dan Dierdorf has been a consummate professional both on the field and in the broadcast booth,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. “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 was an All-Pro at offensive tackle six times, named to the 1970's All-Decade team, and inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1996.

His broadcasting career began in 1984 at KMOX radio. He was also Sports Director at KMOX-TV, now KMOV. He began working on the NFL on CBS in 1985, spent 12 years working on ABC's Monday Night Football, and then returned to CBS in 1999.

Dierdorf has homes in St. louis and Michigan. He's also part owner of radio station KTRS.

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