April 30, 2008
Florida State University and ISP Sports announced Wednesday 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.
“I’m ecstatic about working with one of the best play-by-play personalities in all of sports,” said Floyd. “I want to thank ISP for giving me the opportunity to spend the football seasons with the Seminoles. I’m Garnet & Gold down to the marrow. I love Florida State and I love the program. It really doesn’t get any better than this. I can’t wait for August to get here so I can watch practice and see how the team looks going into 2008.”
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.
“We are pleased to add a talent the caliber of William Floyd to our radio broadcast team,” said Mike McClure, General Manager of the Seminole ISP Sports Network. “We were impressed with the quality of candidates interested in the opening and feel that with William joining Gene Deckerhoff in the booth, we will continue to have a broadcast that is second to none.”
ISP is entering its second year as the multimedia rights holder for FSU Athletics and producer of the Seminole Sports Network. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., ISP is the nation’s largest collegiate sports marketing company and produces programming for more than 800 radio affiliates across the country.
The Seminoles will open the 2008 season on September 6 against Western Carolina and will play three consecutive home games before taking on Colorado in Jacksonville on September 27 and playing their first road game at Miami on October 4.