72 Days: A Look Back at All-American Dan Dierdorf

With 72 days until the 2016 Michigan Football season, we recognize the talented and successful Dan Dierdorf. He’s a familiar face to many fans, not only for his playing career, but also for his recent football analyst with for Michigan. Below are his highlights and achievements:

College

  • He was a consensus All-American in 1970 and assisted the team to a 25–6 record in his 3 years as a starter.
  • The Wolverines were Big Ten Champions in 1969. Dierdorf made all-conference in 1969 and 1970.
  • He was chosen for the East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl and for the 1971 College All-Star Game.
  • In 2000, Dierdorf entered in the College Football Hall of Fame.

NFL

  • He was selected in the second round as the 43td pick in the 1971 NFL Draft.
  • Dierdorf began his career as a guard and left tackle before settling in as a starter at right tackle in 1974.
  • In 1982, he moved to center and was the starter in that season and became a back-up in his final year, 1983.
  • He played with the St. Louis Cardinals, now in Arizona, from 1971 to 1983.
  • He was named to the Pro Bowl 6 times from 1974–78 and 1980.
  • He was named All-Pro for four consecutive seasons beginning in 1975 when the Pro Football Writers Association voted him All-Pro.
  • From 1976–78, he was a consensus All-Pro and in 1980 the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) named him All-Pro and also was a consensus 2nd team All-Pro in 1974.
  • He was named NFLPA NFC Offensive Lineman of the year by his peers in 1976, ’77, and ’78.
  • In 1996, he received the ultimate honor when he entered in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Life After Playing Football

  • After his retirement, Dierdorf made the transition to the broadcast booth, becoming one of the first former offensive linemen to become a broadcaster.
  • He worked as a color analyst for Cardinals and Missouri Tigers games on KMOX radio in 1984 before moving to CBS, where he called play-by-play of NFL games in 1985 before returning to the analyst role in 1986.
  • In 1987, he moved to ABC, where he was added to the Monday Night Football team with Al Michaels and Frank Gifford.
  • He was also named as ABC’s blow-by-blow boxing commentator in 1989 and served as a correspondent for the network’s coverage of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and called play-by-play of some college football games in the early 1990s.
  • Dierdorf stayed at ABC for twelve seasons, then moved to CBS and was placed on the network’s number two team with play-by-play man Verne Lundquist.
  • After the 1999 season, he served as commentator for Dick Enberg from 1999 to 2005, then would share the booth with Greg Gumbel for the next eight seasons.
  • Dierdorf was the 2008 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • On April 17, 2014, Dierdorf was introduced as the new color analyst for Michigan Wolverines football radio broadcasts.
  • He joined former college teammate Jim Brandstatter, who will do play-by-play, on Michigan games. Brandstatter was Dierdorf’s backup on the offensive line, at strong tackle.

This is countown has some amazing stories, but Dan’s sure is one of the most impressive. He was a great player and became one of the most recognized by Michigan fans.

Go Blue!

David Noe