If Dan Dierdorf has anything to do with it, his final NFL game Saturday night won't include a gushy tribute segment. Dierdorf, 64, will call the Indianapolis at New England AFC playoff game with play-by-play partner Greg Gumbel at 7 p.m., ending a 30-year broadcasting career.
“This is playoff football,” Dierdorf said this week in a conference call. “This is about the Colts and the Patriots. It's not about me. That would make me uncomfortable.
“The NFL is going to go on without me being in a booth every Sunday. I wouldn't want to clutter the end of this game with making it anything about me. If you know me, that's not what I like.”
After his Hall of Fame career as an offensive tackle with the St. Louis Cardinals ended in 1983, Dierdorf joined KMOX radio in St. Louis to call Cardinals and Missouri Tigers games. He joined CBS in 1985 as a play-by-play announcer and became an analyst the following year. In 1987 he joined ABC, where he worked for 12 years as an analyst on “Monday Night Football” telecasts with Al Michaels and Frank Gifford. He rejoined CBS in 1999.
SPORTS ANIMAL HAS STRONG FALL RATINGS BOOK
The Sports Animal, WWLS-FM 98.1, earned strong ratings for the Arbitron fall ratings book released this week despite new competition from The Franchise, 107.7 FM, which was launched by Tyler Media in late August.
In the coveted 25 to 54 age demographic, WWLS ranked No. 1 for its morning show, while The Franchise was No. 11. In afternoon drive from 3 to 7 p.m., WWLS ranked fourth and The Franchise was No. 12.
In ages 12-plus from 6 a.m. to midnight, the competition was closer. WWLS ranked ninth with a 4.2 rating and The Franchise No. 11 at 3.5.
— TNT broadcaster Marv Albert and ESPN writer Rick Reilly have been elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame. They will be honored during the 55th Annual NSSA Awards Weekend June 7-9 in Salisbury, N.C. NBC's Mike “Doc” Emrick and Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King were elected national sportscaster and sportswriter of the year. Oklahoma winners were OSU radio voice Dave Hunziker and Tulsa World sportswriter Jimmie Tramel, each winning for the first time in balloting by their peers in the organization.