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Legendary College Sports Announcer Is Retiring This Year

Florida State's doak campbell stadium at night

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of play between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The voice of Florida State athletics will be retiring this year.

Gene Deckerhoff, who has called Florida State athletic events for more than 40 years, will be calling it a career this April.

“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 press release. “A life’s work that reads like a best-selling novel played out on the radio. I have been blessed. Thank you FSU.”

The longtime Florida State announcer has called five different national championship games for the Seminoles. He's also done some NFL work, covering the Buccaneers and their Super Bowl runs.

Florida State had more on his career:

Deckerhoff, 76, began calling Seminole men’s basketball games in 1974, assumed FSU football play-by-play duties in 1979, and added his role as play-by-play announcer for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1989. He has called 529 Seminole football games and over 60 percent (1,324) of the Noles men’s basketball games. By his own count, Gene has uttered his signature “TOUCHDOWN FSU” 2,218 times.

Best of luck in retirement, Gene.