Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf has officially announced that he is retiring from broadcasting after 43 straight years of involvement with the NFL.
Ending a three-decade career
CBS announced that this season will be Dierdorf’s last in the booth. The 64-year-old Dierdorf explained that the physical difficulties of traveling every week are the major reasons he has finally decided to step down.
He had a three-decade career as a broadcaster, which is marked the longest current tenure on television.
His broadcasting career started as soon as his playing career ended.
Football Hall of Famer
Dierdorf played offensive line for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1971-83. He earned All-Pro honors six times.
Dierdorf was also elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996, while in 2008, he was presented with the Hall’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.
All those years of practicing wore down his joints, and walking got harder and harder. Physical limitations made his decision easy, as he really had no choice.