GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Florida State's longtime broadcaster heralded as the "voice of the Seminoles," Gene Deckerhoff, will be honored later this year by the National Football Foundation for having a "distinguished career in broadcasting."
The NFF, which hands out several major awards and serves as the stage for the college football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies each December, made the announcement Monday.
Specifically, Deckerhoff will receive the Chris Schenkel Award. Each year since 1996, the award has gone to a broadcaster who have had "long, distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university."
This fall will mark Deckerhoff's 35th season calling FSU football games. Later this year, he will begin his 39th season calling FSU men's basketball games.
Deckerhoff will be honored during the NFF's annual awards dinner December 10. He'll be the 18th person to receive the award named for its first recipient. Schenkel was a longtime broadcaster for ABC Sports. His career spanned five decades.
Along with Deckerhoff, Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione and NCAA vice president Dennie Poppe will be honored with other awards. So will soon-to-be announced winners of the NFF Distinguished American Award and the NFF Gold Medal.
"Gene Deckerhoff's broadcasting career with the Seminoles has spanned more than thirty years, and during this time, his voice has become synonymous with one of the greatest college football traditions in the country," NFF president and CEO Steve Hatchell said in a news release. "We are pleased to honor Gene with the Chris Schenkel Award as a tribute to all of his accomplishments."
A Jacksonville native, Deckerhoff began broadcasting in 1964 as a weekend announcer at WWPF-AM in Palatka. His first sports assignment came in 1965, when he worked the Palatka Little League All-Star Game. The next year, the Florida graduate went back to Gainesville to broadcast local high school basketball games for WGGG-AM.
Deckerhoff started calling football in 1972 while working for WTRL-AM in Bradenton. Two years later, working for WTNT-AM in Tallahassee, he became the voice of FSU basketball.
Across his career, Deckerhoff has called all 13 of FSU's ACC football championships. He also worked the national championship 1993 and 1999 seasons. The 2000 Florida Sports Hall of Fame inductee has been named the state's broadcaster of the year 14 times. He also was inducted into FSU's Hall of Fame in 2002.