Gene Deckerhoff signs off for the final time as Voice of the Noles

Published: Apr. 10, 2022 at 6:37 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The sports world and Tallahassee said goodbye to one of its most iconic voices, Gene Deckerhoff, following FSU’s Garnet and Gold Game Saturday afternoon.

As previously announced, the longtime Voice of the Noles is headed into partial retirement following the annual game at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Before Gene went on the air, he ran out through the tunnel and onto Bobby Bowden Field. FSU Athletic Director Michael Alford and President Richard McCullough were there to preside over a pre-game ceremony to honor the legend.

Deckerhoff got the chance to address the crowd and received his own framed jersey.

Towards the end of the broadcast, he knew his time on the mic was almost up. He addressed the future of the program and shared heartfelt words with Seminoles across the world.

“It’s exciting to say hey this is what the future looks like at Florida State but my future ends today, but I’m gonna follow the ‘Noles, I’m gonna cheer for the ‘Noles and I’m gonna get the Warchant going, I’m gonna wear garnet and gold,” he said. “I think Mike Norvell is gonna get this back to a championship level, great seeing President Thrasher here it’s just an incredible, incredible family that I have been adopted by and it comes to an end. It’s been a great ride, Florida State will be here forever but voices have a timeline and my timeline is up. Go ‘Noles.”

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