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Dan Dierdorf named color commentator for University of Michigan football

Dan Dierdorf attends the grand opening of the CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar on September 6, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Dan Dierdorf attends the grand opening of the CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar on September 6, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.Mary Schwalm/Getty Images

Former University of Michigan college football star Dan Dierdorf, who played offensive tackle in the late 1960s and early 1970s for the Maize and Blue, will pair with former Wolverine linemate Jim Brandstatter as the color commentator on the team’s radio broadcasts, starting this fall. Dierdorf, a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, played 13 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals and worked as an announcer for NFL broadcasts from 1985 through last season, when he announced his retirement.

The news about Dierdorf came today via the school’s official athletic website,, and its multimedia rights partner, IMG College. Brandstatter will move into the play-by-role that his former radio partner Frank Beckmann held from 1981-2013, and it will be his 35th season as part of the U-M broadcast. Brandstatter was Dierdorf’s backup in 1969 and 1970, and a second-team All-Big Ten choice in 1971. He gained a spot in the state of Michigan’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, and earned the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Sports Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2004 and 2008.

The duo will be heard on the air at WWJ-AM, and as of this writing, Brandstatter is slated to remain as the radio color commentator on station WXYT-FM for the NFL’s Detroit Lions, a capacity in which he has served since the 1987 season. He also will continue to be the host of Inside Michigan Football, a weekly television program that features highlights of the Wolverines’ most recent games and profiles of its upcoming opponents, as well as interviews with current head football coach Brady Hoke.

Keep tabs on developments within the University of Michigan football program on the athletic website, which has an extensive football section. Additional team updates are available on Facebook, as well as on Twitter, the latter of which today added photos of Dierdorf from his playing days in Ann Arbor.