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Gene Deckerhoff is retiring from broadcasting FSU games

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After 43 seasons as the radio play by play announcer for the Florida State Seminoles football and men’s basketball teams, Gene Deckerhoff is retiring. In his career, Deckerhoff has called over 500 Florida State football games. In 2000 he was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. In 2002, Deckerhoff was also inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Deckerhoff’s last broadcast will be at Florida State’s Garnet and Gold Game on April 9th at Doak Campbell Stadium.

“It has been a lifetime of great moments---great players, great coaches, great games, great memories, and most of all great Seminole fans,” said Deckerhoff in a statement. “A life’s work that reads like a bestselling novel played out on the radio. I have been blessed. Thank you FSU.”

While he is retiring from broadcasting Florida State athletics, Deckerhoff says he will quote “finish his commitment” to calling Tampa Bay Buccaneers games in the NFL.

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Brett Rutherford is a reporter and news researcher at WFSU Pubic Media. From Riverview, Florida, he has earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida State University. During his time at Florida State, he was a reporter within the sports department at WVFS, the student-run on-campus radio station. In 2020, he served as Sports Director during his senior year and hosted the weekly talk show Tomahawk Talk.

Email Brett: brutherford2@fsu.edu