It’s not often in life that you get to happily retire from a profession you love twice, but that’s the case for NFL broadcaster Dan Dierdorf who today has announced that at the end of the current season, he’ll be stepping aside and retiring from the booth. ProFootballTalk is reporting that the long time announcer and Hall of Fame offensive lineman is retiring from broadcasting due to the difficulty of being 64 and having to constantly travel.
Dierdorf put out a statement announcing his retirement, which both thanked those he’s worked with and looked back on the wonderful years he spent bringing the NFL into millions of homes around the world.
“I have been blessed to spend my entire life in the game I love. 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.”
It’s truly a sad day for those who have enjoyed watching football on television for the past 30 years. Dierdorf came to the booth back in early 80s almost immediately after his playing career came to an end after 13 seasons and numerous accolades.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 1996 and his retirement at the end of this season will mark the 43rd consecutive season Dierdorf has been working for the NFL dating back to his rookie season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971. His voice every Sunday on CBS will be missed, but we still have six more weeks of Dierdorf in our lives, and we’re going to enjoy eve second of it.