Well this is an interesting piece of news. Dan Dierdorf is this years Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award winner and will receive a second spot in Pro Football’s Canton Hall of Fame. Via Pro Football Weekly….
Dan Dierdorf will be entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, for a second time after being named the winner of the 2008 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.
He began his broadcasting career in 1984 and is a three-time Emmy Award nominee as Outstanding Sports Analyst. He served as an analyst on “Monday Night Football” for more than a decade and has filled a role as game analyst on “The NFL on CBS” since 1999.
Dierdorf, a star offensive lineman for the St. Louis Cardinals during his 13-year NFL career, was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 1996.
He will receive the Rozelle award on Friday, Aug. 1 at the Enshrinees Dinner in Canton.
I personally was never that big of a Dierdorf fan, but the guy definitely has a great body of work. Here are some of his accomplishments via Tom Hoffarth’s FOTW…
*Immediately after retiring as a Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the St. Louis Cardinals (the football team, not baseball) for 13 seasons, he started behind the mike in 1984 as the St. Louis Cardinals (football, not baseball) analyst on KMOX radio.
*He also did color commentary for the St. Louis Blues (yes, the NHL team).
*He was the sports director for KMOX TV in St. Louis.
*He did play by play on CBS Sports Radio NFL games in 1985. The next year, he switched to an analyst.
*He started on ABC’s “MNF” in 1987, added to the Al Michaels-Frank Gifford team. He lasted 12 seasons, spending one of them with a Michaels-Boomer Esiason booth, but then left after 1998.
*He did Super Bowl XXII in 1988, XXV in ’91 and XXIX in ’95, each with Michaels and Gifford.
*He did boxing for ABC starting in 1989.
*He went to CBS to do NFL games in 1999 with Verne Lundquist. In 2000, he was paired with Dick Enberg. Since 2006, he’s been with Greg Gumbel.
*He is referenced by George Carlin in his 1996 “Back in Town” album. Carlin is talking about capital punishment and wonders how a crucifixion would fly as a halftime show during a “MNF” game: “Wouldn’t you like to hear Dan Dierdorf explain why the nails have to go in at a certain angle?”
I personally think Dan Dierdorf was one of the pioneers in making networks think they had to hire ex-players as analysts, but I’m sure most people in the business see that as a positive. Either way he’s a Broadcasting Hall of Famer now.
Dierdorf is Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award winner (PFW)
Dan Dierdorf: Broadcast Hall of Famer (Farther Off The Wall)