Photoshop Phriday: Dan Dierdorf
When watching Michigan away games I’ll typically mute the TV and turn on the radio broadcast. It’s frustrating sometimes when they don’t sync up as well but even when that happens it is still usually better than the TV crew. Jim Brandstatter does the play-by-play with Dan Dierdorf providing the color commentary. The two were teammates on the offensive live at Michigan in 1969 and 1970. Dierdorf joined the radio crew in 2014 when Frank Beckmann retired in 2013 after over 30 years calling Michigan games. Growing up I knew Dierdorf more as a broadcaster for ABC and CBS, not as the Hall of Fame offensive tackle.
Dierdorf first came to Ann Arbor in 1967 and played for two years under Coach Bump Elliott. He played on Bo Schembechler’s first Michigan teams and emerged as one of the top offensive tackles to ever play at Michigan. He received All-Big Ten recognition in 1969 and 1970 and in 1970 was a consensus All-American. The following year he was chosen in the 2nd round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played his entire career with the Cardinals and in 1996 was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Four years later he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Dierdorf makes extensive use of Bakers and Best when prepping in the booth for a game, including reviewing recent Photoshop Phriday posts and brushing up on the Harbaugh Breakfast Challenge rankings (Photo credit Taylor Baucom).