During his playing days as a starting quarterback and defensive back, Vic Prinzi embodied the early days of Florida State football. Prinzi began his career as a freshman in 1954, grabbing national headlines for his three touchdown performance against VMI as a fifth-string quarterback. He was joined in the backfield that year by long-time friend Burt Reynolds. As a senior co-captain of the 1958 team, Prinzi helped guide the Seminoles to a 7-4 record and a berth in the Bluegrass Bowl while leading the team in passing. Prinzi played briefly with the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos before joining the high school and college coaching ranks for 12 seasons. He later was the color analysts on FSU radio broadcasts.