Doug Dieken (r) will be honored by the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium during the team's game SundayGETTY IMAGES
Browns radio analyst Doug Dieken will “call his final game” in Sunday’s season finale against the Bengals, “announcing his retirement” yesterday after nearly 51 years with the franchise, according to Marla Ridenour of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. The Browns “will honor” Dieken during the 1:00pm ET game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Dieken “moved into the radio booth” in ‘85 and has worked alongside play-by-play man Jim Donovan for 23 seasons. Dieken has “missed only two games” in that portion of his career (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 1/5). Dieken said that the decision to retire “is purely mine,” and he is "thankful he's had the job for 37 years." Dieken: “I’m going to walk away from the press box while I can. ... Health-wise, it’s been tough for me lately.” In Cleveland, Terry Pluto notes the 72-year-old Dieken had a hip replaced last February. Dieken said that he has had “both knees replaced” and “both hips replaced.” Pluto writes Dieken as a broadcaster "doesn't long to be a star” and "doesn't seek to bring attention to himself." His play-by-play announcers are the "main voice." Dieken is there to "explain and sometimes, to react like a fan with his groans when things go wrong" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 1/5).