Dec. 14, 2010
Legendary Florida State broadcaster Gene Deckerhoff is a finalist for the 2010 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters (NSSA) Florida Sportscaster of the Year award. Deckerhoff, the voice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Florida State Seminoles, has been named the NSSA Florida Sportscaster of the Year 11 times previously. The last time he was so honored was in 2008.
Deckerhoff began his Florida State career in 1974 as a basketball play-by-play announcer. He then added play-by-play duties for FSU football to his resume’ in 1979, a job he still holds until this day. He has hosted the Bobby Bowden Show during his tenure with the Seminoles and was also the Director of Electronic Media for Seminole Boosters.
Ten years after taking over play-by-play duties with Florida State football, Deckerhoff was hired for the same role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he is still in that role 22 years later. He teamed up with future Minnesota Governor and pro wrestler Jessie “The Body” Ventura on those original broadcasts. Despite changes in different station’s gaining the rights to broadcast Buccaneer football, Deckerhoff remained the radio voice of the franchise that won a Super Bowl following the 2002 regular season. Coupled with his broadcast of Florida State’s National Championship victory in 1999, Deckerhoff became the only “team radio voice” to broadcast a Super Bowl Championship and a college football national championship for a winning team.
In 2000 Deckerhoff was enshrined in the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. He was just the fourth broadcaster to be so honored. Two years later he was inducted into the Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame and was named a recipient of the Moore-Stone Award. The winner of the NSSA Florida Sportscaster of the Year will be announced in January.