Dan Dierdorf’s final season as an NFL television analyst would not have been complete without a trip to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
So Dierdorf, who is retiring at the end of the 2013 season, was excited he and play-by-play partner Greg Gumbel were assigned to work Sunday’s Chiefs-Colts game.
Because of the Chiefs’ poor record last year, Dierdorf and Gumbel, considered CBS’ No. 2 crew, did not call a Chiefs game last year. And he missed the sights and smells of the barbecue wafting from the parking lots.
“I love to eat, I love food, and that drive across the parking lot on Sunday morning to get to the TV trucks is the best smelling drive in the NFL,” said Dierdorf, who lives in St. Louis.
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“I’m not just saying this because I’m going to be there this weekend, but Arrowhead has always been in my mind, the closest NFL environment to a collegiate experience. It’s the closest thing to going to a college football game, whether it be Lincoln … Ann Arbor … Columbus, Ohio.”
Dierdorf, 64, is retiring after 30 years in the booth.
• Davone Bess had a disappointing and shortened first season with the Cleveland Browns.
The wide receiver was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list, ending his season with two games left after he missed practice time this week for “personal reasons.” The Browns announced the move after traveling to New York to play the Jets on Sunday. The team gave no further details for Bess’ absence or the abrupt end to his season.
The 28-year-old Bess was excused from practice Thursday and Friday by Browns coach Rob Chudzinski.