Doug has been with the Browns organization since the Browns make him their sixth round pick in the 1971 NFL draft. His career with the Browns started with the team 45 years ago and has not stopped since.
A native of Streator, Illinois, Dieken has identified with the city of Cleveland since first arriving as a tight end and converting to left tackle. He played in a franchise record 203 games over the course of his 14-year playing career in Cleveland. His 194 consecutive starts are also the most all-time by a Browns player.
Since his retirement following the 1984 season, Dieken has been in the broadcast booth as part of the Brown Radio Network. He started his broadcast career in the booth with Jim Mueller. He has also shared the booth with the late Nev Chandler and Casey Coleman and his current partner, Jim Donovan—all recipients of the CAB Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.
In 45 years, Dieken has missed only one game, in 1989, when his mother died. “I’m pretty lucky,” Dieken says. “You’re doing something that you truly love. You’re involved with an organization that’s a big part of you. You build relationships with not only you’re teammates, but the people in the community. These people have been great to me and you try to give back to them if you can.”