Nov. 16, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.. -- It's only fitting for a man whose voice is synonymous with Florida State football to deliver a line that sums up his career and the milestone that he will reach on Saturday.
Gene Deckerhoff, the long-time radio play-by-play announcer for the FSU football team, will call his 400th game for the 'Noles this weekend when Virginia comes to town. Wednesday, Deckerhoff shared his thoughts on the longevity of his career and some of his fondest memories.
In the long list of sights and sounds, triumphs and setbacks that Deckerhoff has witnessed from the windows of a countless number of press boxes across the country, three short sentences sum up the living legend that is Gene Deckerhoff
"I am a Seminole. I will always be a Seminole. And I love saying, 'touchdown, Florida State," Deckerhoff said Wednesday afternoon.
And FSU fans love hearing Deckerhoff make those calls.
Deckerhoff began working as the full-time play-by-play man for Florida State in 1979 with analyst and former coach Bill Peterson. He then sat alongside Vic Prinzi for 15 seasons, P.T. Willis for another 13 years and he has worked with William Floyd the last two-plus seasons.
In that span of 399 games, Deckerhoff has seen every memorable play in Seminoles history -- and most importantly, he remembers every one of them. Now entering his 400th game, Deckerhoff has called 1,656 Florida State touchdowns.
Here is a list -- according to Deckerhoff himself -- of his 10 favorite games and 10 favorite plays in a career that officially hits 400 games and counting when the 'Noles and 'Cavs clash under the lights on Saturday.
Top 10 Games:
Top 10 Plays:
Be sure to come back to Seminoles.com on Thursday for a full-length video feature on Deckerhoff and hear him talk more about his incredible career.