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CBS' NFL analyst Dierdorf to retire at end of season

Dan Dierdorf, who has been involved in the NFL as a player and announcer for 43 years, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the season.

Dierdorf was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1971 to 1983. He broke into broadcasting in 1984 as the Cardinals' analyst for KMOX radio in St. Louis. He also did games for CBS Radio Network. He was a play-by-play announcer for CBS broadcasts in 1985 before switching to color analysis the next year.

In 1987 Dierdorf joined ABC Sports' "Monday Night Football" for 12 years, before returning to CBS Sports in 1999.

"I have been blessed to spend my entire life in the game I love," Dierdorf said in a statement. "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 was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. He was the 2008 recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. Dierdorf, who played college football at Michigan, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

“For 43 NFL seasons Dan Dierdorf has been a consummate professional both on the field and in the broadcast booth," said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. "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."

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