St. Louisan Dan Dierdorf, who stepped down in January from CBS after a 30-season run as a television network NFL game analyst, is heading back to familiar territory to do commentary on its radio broadcasts.
It was announced Thursday that Dierdorf will join former teammate Jim Brandstatter, who will do play-by-play, on Michigan games this season,. Brandstatter was Dierdorf’s backup on the offensive line.
Dierdorf, who recently underwent back surgery, had said the reason he left CBS was that the travel was becoming too difficult for him physically. But he said he has a summer home in Michigan and will stay there for much of the football season. And all but one game is expected to be within driving distance for him.
“This is the only job that I would have taken,” said Dierdorf, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971 and went on to a Hall of Fame career. “I thought I was going to do some local radio — which I will do — but I never thought I’d commit to do something like this. But I can’t resist it, it’s my alma mater, my partner is a guy I’ve known my entire adult life — one of my best friends — and three hours before kickoff I’m going to be in the parking lot tailgating with my old teammates.”
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