Dierdorf Talks Michigan Football, Harbaugh

When former NFL great Dan Dierdorf retired from the television broadcast booth in January 2014, he thought his career calling games was over.

That was until the pro and college football halls of fame inductee and six-time Pro Bowler received a call from his alma mater, the University of Michigan.

Dierdorf filled the color analyst position in the Michigan radio booth in 2014, joining former college teammate Jim Brandstatter, who handles the play-by-play duties. Dierdorf’s hiring came a year prior to the start of the Jim Harbaugh era in Ann Arbor.

After witnessing Harbaugh’s impact, Dierdorf, who spent his entire professional 13-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals (now Arizona Cardinals), is excited to see where the program is heading.

"Jim Harbaugh was the perfect hire at the perfect time. We were in desperate need of someone to resurrect the program,” Dierdorf said. “He has galvanized the Michigan alumni group to, we are all hitched to the same wagon again. We were kind’ve fragmenting there for a while, we have a singular purpose now, and Jim Harbaugh is leading that charge."

The Wolverines open their season on Sept. 2, taking on Florida in Arlington, Texas.