July 27, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Peter Tom Willis, who starred at quarterback for Florida State and still owns six Seminole passing records, has been named the new color analyst for football games on the Seminole Sports Network, network vice president Jim McNeill announced Monday.
“We are very pleased to have Peter Tom join our network,” said McNeill. “We auditioned five exceptional candidates for the position and thought it was crucial to have a former player in the booth as the analyst. Peter Tom brings a great deal of football experience to his new role and his enthusiasm is obvious. We still feel the loss of Vic (Prinzi) very keenly, but I think that the combination of Gene Deckerhoff and Peter Tom will continue to bring our fans as fine a broadcast as any in the country.”
Willis, 31, will fill the position left by Vic Prinzi, who was the network’s color man for 16 years before passing away last January after a battle with lung cancer. Prinzi played quarterback at FSU from 1954-57 and is a member of FSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Willis will work with Deckerhoff, the network’s award-winning 20-year veteran play-by-play man.
“I am real excited because I am a big fan and have a great love for Florida State University,” said Willis. “I was good friends with Vic and his son so I didn’t say anything about the job at first out of respect to him. I am new at this but working with a pro like Gene will make things much easier.”
Willis completed 304-of-500 passes for 4,291 yards and 33 touchdowns over his Seminole career from 1986 through 1989. He threw for a then school record 3,124 yards as a senior in 1989 while leading Florida State to a 10-2 record and a No. 3 national ranking. Willis was named Most Valuable Player of the 1990 Fiesta Bowl after FSU’s 41-17 win over Nebraska. He threw for 422 yards and five touchdowns in that game.
The Chicago Bears selected Willis in the third round of the 1990 NFL Draft. He played four years in the NFL with the Bears and is in his second season with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.
Willis’ debut comes August 31st when Florida State takes on Texas A&M in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.