CLEVELAND (AP) – Doug Dieken, who after retiring as a left tackle for the Browns became a beloved color radio commentator for the team, is retiring from broadcasting after spending more than 50 years with the ‘organization.
Dieken’s final game will be Cleveland’s season finale Sunday against Cincinnati.
Dieken, 72, played 203 straight games in 14 seasons with the Browns before retiring in 1985.
It made it to the radio booth and was one of the only stable things for a franchise that has undergone a lot of changes over the past five decades.
“It was a great race,” said Dieken. “I want to thank the Browns fans for accepting me first as a player and then as a broadcaster. I have had the most awesome teammates on the field, in the radio booth and in the community to make the past 50 years fun.
“We didn’t get the wins we all hoped for, but I feel like I’m leaving a winner because of my association with the organization and the big fans who listen to our shows.”
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