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Dan Dierdorf - Springfield, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 37° 07.233 W 093° 12.999
15S E 480753 N 4108267
Quick Description: Bust of former professional football player and now television sportscaster on the grounds of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 11/30/2011 5:30:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMD7ED
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 1

Long Description:
Bronze life-sized bust of former professional football player Dan Diedorf, he is wearing his football jersey with his number 72. The bust is mounted on a stone and concrete pedestal with an informational plaque.

From Wikipedia:

"Daniel Lee "Dan" Dierdorf (born June 29, 1949) is a former American football player and current television sportscaster. He played 13 NFL seasons and has worked for ABC's Monday Night Football and CBS as a color commentator since retiring from football.

Born in Canton, Ohio, Dierdorf played football at Glenwood High School in Canton (now Glen Oak High School), then the University of Michigan before being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 1971 NFL Draft.

Dierdorf began his career as a guard and left tackle before settling in as a starter at right tackle in 1974. In 1982 he moved to center and was the starter in that season and became a back-up in his final year, 1983.

Dierdorf was named to the Pro Bowl 6 times from 1974-'78 & 1980. Dierdorf was named All-Pro for 4 consecutive seasons beginning in 1975 when the Pro Football Writers Association voted him All-Pro. From 1976-78 Dan was a consensus All-Pro and in 1980 the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) named him All-Pro. In addition, Dan was a consensus 2nd team All-Pro in 1974.

He was named NFLPA NFC Offensive Lineman of the year by his peers in 1976, 77, and 78. In 1996 he received the ultimate honor when he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."

From plaque:

Dan Dierdorf

Born June 29, 1949 In Canton, Ohio
To John And Evelyn Dierdorf
Married To Debbie Grzywacz On November 2, 1979
Father To Dan, Kristen, Dana And Katherine

Played At The University Of Michigan Where He Was Named To
Seven All-American Teams His Senior Year

Named Michigan Amateur Athlete Of The Year In 1970

An Offensive Tackle, Was Voted All-Pro Five Times And Played
In Six Pro Bowls In 13 Years With The S. Louis Cardinals

Voted Top Offensive Lineman In The NFL Three Consecutive

Anchored by Dierdorf, The Cardinals Offensive Line Allowed
The Fewest QB Sacks In The NFL Three Times And The NFC Five

Named To NFL Team Of The Decade For The 1970's

A 40 Plus Year Career In The NFL Including Over Two Dozen
Years As A Network Broadcaster; 15 With CBS Sports

Spent 12 Years In The Broadcast Booth As Expert Commentator
For ABC's Monday Night Football

Inducted Into The University Of Michigan Hall Of Fame In 1996

Inducted Into The Pro Football Hall Of Fame In 1996

Inducted In The Missouri Sports Hall Of Fame In 1999

Inducted Into The College Football Hall Of Fame In 2000

Serves On The Board Of Governors At Cardinal Glennon
Childrens Hospital Where The Emergency Room
Is Name For Him

Recognized As A
Missouri Sports Legend
November 2010

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