The Football and Men’s Basketball broadcasts features award-winning play-by-play announcer Gene Deckerhoff, a 31-year veteran of the FSU radio network. Deckerhoff is nationally known as one of the finest football and basketball announcers in both collegiate and professional sports. He has been known as the “Voice of the Seminoles” for the past 26 football seasons and the past 31 basketball seasons. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Deckerhoff also handles the play-by-play duties of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, which makes for some busy weekends during the fall and winter.
Deckerhoff is one of only four sports broadcasters ever inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. In calling FSU football since 1979, FSU Basketball since 1974, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 1989 and all sorts of other things in between, Deckerhoff’s deep, rich voice has become instantly recognizable to sports fans all over the state. Deckerhoff is the only radio voice who has broadcasted an NCAA football championship team (1993 and 1999 with the Seminoles) and a SuperBowl Championship team (2003 with the Buccaneers). In addition, he was inducted into the 2002 Florida State University Athletic Hall of Fame, and is a nine-time winner of the NSSA Florida Sportscaster of the Year Award.
ESPN and ABC basketball analyst Dick Vitale recently mentioned Deckerhoff as one of the top college basketball play-by-play voices. Vitale named Deckerhoff to his “All-Cawood Ledford” team, in honor of the legendary Kentucky broadcaster, as the best basketball announcers in his opinion.
Deckerhoff is also the co-host of the “Bobby Bowden TV Show”, Bowden’s weekly call-in radio show, Bowden Daily Radio Show, Leonard Hamilton/Seminole Basketball Highlight Show, Hamilton’s weekly call-in radio show, and the Hamilton Daily Radio Show. He runs Gene Deckerhoff Productions, a firm specializing in sports broadcasting and the production of radio and television commercials.
Florida State University and ISP Sports announced on April 30, 2008 that William Floyd, who won a national championship as a fullback for the Seminoles in 1993 and a Super Bowl ring as a San Francisco 49er in 1995, will join Gene Deckerhoff as color analyst on the Seminole ISP Sports Network next season.
Floyd was a high school star at Lakewood High in St. Petersburg where he was rated the number one running back prospect in the state and the number two fullback in the country by Super Prep Magazine. He signed with Florida State in 1990 and over his three-year career became one of the Seminoles’ most popular players and one of the top fullbacks in the country. He helped the 1993 FSU team win the school’s first-ever national title and was selected by the 49ers with the 28th pick of the first round of the 1994 NFL draft.
Earning the nickname “Bar None” after a good-natured self evaluation following his selection in the first round, Floyd became the first rookie in NFL history to score three touchdowns in a playoff game when he scored 18 points against Chicago in 1995. He rushed for 32 yards, caught four passes for 26 yards and scored a touchdown in San Francisco’s Super Bowl XXIX win. He played a total of four seasons with the 49ers and another three with the Carolina Panthers before retiring from the NFL following the 2000 season.
Floyd, who hosted a radio show in the Bay Area as a player and has done reporting and studio television work for Sun Sports, works as Public Relations Liaison for Able Body Labor and is assisting Tampa Bay Buccanneer star Derrick Brooks with his new temporary staffing company (Brooks 55 Labor Enterprises).
Floyd currently lives in Orlando with his wife Bonita and three children. The entire family is active in his non-profit community-benefit foundation, William Floyd’s Bar None Foundation and several area charities. He also sits on the Orange County Sheriff’s Department PAL Board.