Oct. 1, 2008
William Floyd, who helped Florida State win the national
championship in 1993, has returned home and
will handle the color analyst duties for the Seminole ISP
Sports Network. He ranks ninth all-time in career rushing
touchdowns and helped the Florida State to a 34-4
record and three bowl victories during his career. Listen
to Floyd’s debut alongside Gene Deckerhoff against
Western Carolina on Florida States flagship radio stations
— 94.9 WTNT and 1270 WFLA.
Q: What sparked your interest in the radio broadcasting
job for the Florida State football program?
A: I have always wanted to be a radio broadcaster. People
who know me know I love to talk. This is an opportunity
to be a part of Florida State football again. This
is a chance for me to be around the players, be around
the team and be around the fans once again. I jumped
at this opportunity because it is a great opportunity for
me and my family.
Q: What is your background in radio and television
and how are those experiences going to help you as
you begin this phase of your broadcasting career?
A: I first worked in radio in 1995 when I was out in San
Francisco. I had my own show out there on KNBR. The experience
there is where I began my career in radio. As far
as television, I have been doing interviews since I walked
into the door at Florida State as a player in 1990. Since
then, the real television work that I have done has been
part of the Sun Sports Tailgate shows with a former Hurricane
(Steve Walsh) and a former Gator (Chris Doehring).
Q: As a player who has won both a national championship
with the Seminoles and a Super BowlChampionship with the San Francisco 49’ers, how
will you bring that expertise to the calling the
games for the Seminoles?
A: Because I have played with some of the greatest
players on both the collegiate and professional levels I
have gained a sense of what it takes to be a champion.
You watch these players in practice all the time and you
watch them perform in games and you know that you
have performed alongside many of them. Knowing what
it takes to win a championship on both the collegiate
professional levels I think gives me the knowledge, the
ability and the opportunity to explain to the listeners
what is going on out in the field and what things are
Q: What are your feelings of coming back to you
alma mater and being a part of the program again?
A: I am ecstatic about the opportunity to be in Tallahassee
and on the road with the football team every week.
Coach Bowden is the greatest coach ever; the winningest
coach in the history of the sport so the chance to be with
him again is unbelievable. Hopefully I can somehow
nudge the players to ensure that he stays in front of Joe
Paterno as the winningest coach of all-time.
Q: What are you most looking forward to – the great
home schedule, the exciting schedule on the road, the
ACC championship game in your back yard – as your return
to campus this fall?
A: I am really looking forward to being back in Tallahassee.
Hopefully this is the year that the team gets back
to national dominance. I was there when Florida State
jumped into the race to being in contention for and winning
national championships. It’s also a great opportunity
to work with Gene Deckerhoff who I think is one of
the giants in broadcasting. The chance for me to get
some expert tutelage from a man like Gene is probably
the thing I am most looking forward to.
Q: You do a lot of great community service work in the
central Florida community – tell me about some of that
A: I am on the Board of Directors for the Orange County
Sherriff’s Department PAL (Police Athletic League) Program.
The opportunity to have the chance to work with
kids is an awesome responsibility that I really enjoy. I
have my own foundation – The William Floyd Bar Non
Foundation – where we do turkey and toy drives as well
as a lot of grass-roots initiatives in the community. I
think working with the Seminole/ISP Radio Network
gives me the opportunity to be in Tallahassee and will allow
me to spread our message throughout the northern
part of the state. As a former athlete so many people
look up to what I might have done and accomplished and
if I can give that back to the community hopefully that
next generation will come along and work to do something