Dan Dierdorf back in booth for Michigan football

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm •  Published: April 17, 2014
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Dan Dierdorf is coming back to the booth and will be the radio analyst for University of Michigan football games this fall.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer will work with play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter, one of his teammates while playing for the Wolverines during the 1969 and 1970 seasons. The announcement Thursday was made by Michigan and IMG College, the school's multimedia rights partner.

"This is the only broadcasting job that I would have considered after retiring from the network television," Dierdorf said in a statement. "It's a chance to return to the city where Bump (Elliott) gave me an opportunity to play for the greatest program in the world and Bo (Schembechler) made me a man.

"I was always jealous of Jim calling games at Michigan and often said that one of my goals was to come back and call a couple of series with him. To work with one of my best friends, someone that I've known my entire adult life is really special, and I'm looking forward to getting in the booth with Jim this fall."

The 64-year-old Dierdorf said in November he was leaving network broadcasting because the travel was becoming too tough on his artificial knees and hips and bad back. He was an NFL analyst for CBS Sports last season and worked for ABC's "Monday Night Football" from 1987-99.

"I want to go tailgate with some of my old buddies," he said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press last fall.

Now, he can.

Brandstatter has been Michigan's radio analyst for football games for the previous 34 years and is the radio analyst for the Detroit Lions. Michigan's previous play-by-play announcer, Frank Beckmann, retired after last season.

"I'm really excited about the challenge of moving to play by play," Brandstatter said in a statement. "I have huge shoes to fill, but, I have learned so much from the great ones I've worked with, and I can't wait to get started."

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