After 43 consecutive years in the National Football League as a Hall of Fame player for the St. Louis Cardinals and Hall of Fame broadcaster for CBS Sports and ABC Sports, Dan Dierdorf will call the final game of his broadcasting career on Saturday, Jan. 11 (8:00 PM, ET) in prime time as the AFC South Champions and No. 4-seeded Indianapolis Colts (12-5) play the AFC East Champions and No. 2-seeded New England Patriots (12-4). He will be joined in the booth by his long time CBS partner Greg Gumble.
I can honestly say that over nearly 30 years of talking with Dierdorf he is one of the nicest and most best analysts in the business. This week he and his boss Sean McManus talked about his career in broadcasting.
SEAN McMANUS, Chairman, CBS Sports: One of the great privileges of my career has been being able to work with Dan. I just literally hung up the phone with Roger Goodell, who is going to travel up to Foxborough, for among many reasons, to spend some time with Dan at his last game. We both agreed that there has never been a better person associated not just with the NFL, but with any sport…If you want to talk about someone who has been an ambassador and been a symbol for what the NFL represents at its best that person is Dan Dierdorf.
(On his retirement from 30-year broadcasting career after a 13-year playing career)
DIERDORF: It’s hard to believe that this is my last game Saturday night, but wow, what a way to go. All I ever wanted to do was to work at CBS Sports. As a player I would look up at that banner, and Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier would be up there in the booth. I would think to myself, ‘Wow, I would love for an opportunity to try and do that.’ What a way to go out with New England and Indianapolis.
(On career after broadcasting)
DIERDORF: Physically it’s just hard for me to travel 20 weeks a year and do my job the right way. I tell everybody, I’m retiring I’m not expiring. I’ve got to find something to do. I love the NFL, and I love the game of football. Whether it’s radio just something that doesn’t involve me having to go to the airport every Thursday or Friday and be gone for three or four days. I’m going to find something to do and you haven’t heard the last of me I hope.