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« : June 01, 2011, 11:59:39 PM »

Voice Recognition: Deckerhoff Signs New Deal
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Celebrated announcer Gene Deckerhoff will be back in the radio booth for the Buccaneers Radio Network after signing a new two-year contract

Since 1989, Gene Deckerhoff has brought 453 Tampa Bay Buccaneer games to vivid life for radio listeners across the state of Florida.

Fortunately for those fans, “The Voice of the Buccaneers” will soon be pushing 500 games.


On Wednesday, the Buccaneers announced that they have signed Deckerhoff to a new two-year contract, lasting through the 2012 NFL season.  A Florida institution for more than three decades through his work with the Buccaneers, the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits and the Florida State football and basketball programs, Deckerhoff is possessed of one of the most recognizable voices in sports broadcasting.

About to enter his 23rd season calling Buccaneer games, Deckerhoff remains wildly popular among Tampa Bay fans and highly respected in the field of sports broadcasting.  In fact, he recently won his 12th Florida Sportscaster of the Year award for his work in 2010.

“It’s amazing how quickly 22 years have gone by,” said Deckerhoff.  “It seems like just yesterday that Jesse “The Body” Ventura was telling Al Keck in the booth, ‘You pencil-necked geek, you have no earthly idea why that play worked.’  Al didn’t say a thing for the next quarter.  That was the beginning of the Buccaneer Radio Network for Gene.  We had some great times.”

Ventura and Keck were Deckerhoff’s first booth partners, and he has since worked with such well-known Buccaneer alumni as David Logan, Scot Brantley, Hardy Nickerson and Dave Moore.  Moore joined Deckerhoff in the radio booth immediately after retiring following the 2006 season and the two, along with sideline reporter T.J. Rives, have formed a very colorful and informative team.  Deckerhoff is pleased that his partnership with Moore will continue in 2011.

“I have been fortunate in my career as a football announcer, because I never played football,” said Deckerhoff.  “I have been very fortunate to work with gentlemen that know the game inside and out.  I learn more every broadcast from Dave Moore about the game of football, particularly NFL football, than I could have ever learned from reading a book.  He is the quintessential football analyst.”

Of course, Deckerhoff’s own knowledge of Buccaneer football runs deep, simply due to all he has seen during more than two decades of not missing a single game.  He has uttered his trademark, “Touchdown Tampa Bay” call an incredible 674 times in the regular season and postseason combined.  With a, “You go, Joe!” he urged the heavy-hearted Joe Jurevicius on during the receiver’s memorable 71-yard catch-and-run in the 2002 NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia.  A week later, he yelled, “There’s the dagger!” when Derrick Brooks intercepted a fourth-quarter Rich Gannon pass and returned it for a clinching touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Brooks’ own career is an indication of how much Buccaneer football Deckerhoff has absorbed in his career.  Brooks owns the franchise records for games played (224) and tackles (2,196)…and Deckerhoff called them all (not to mention Brooks’ entire career at Florida State).  Mike Alstott’s 71 touchdowns? Each one brought to life for radio listeners for Deckerhoff.  When another Buccaneer great of the same era, Warren Sapp, is heard yelping, “Alstott up the gut!” on NFL Films sideline footage, it’s Deckerhoff he’s masterfully imitating.

Deckerhoff was already in his 10th season as a Buccaneer announcer when the team made its move into the gleaming new Raymond James Stadium in 1998 (his future partner, Dave Moore, would make a dazzling one-handed catch in the stadium’s first game to help the Bucs come back to beat Chicago).  He has since woven the building’s most recognizable aspects into his audio portrait of every home game.

“I never get tired of watching The Pirates of the Caribbean because it’s a pirate’s life for me,” laughs Deckerhoff.  “I see that big ol’ pirate ship over there in the end zone, and I remember when that thing was being built.  The new Raymond James Stadium – that was going to be the corner piece of it.  I guess it took five or 10 years before, “Fire those cannons!” became part of the lexicon of Tampa Bay Buccaneers football.  I love hearing those cannons fire and I know our fans do, too.  You can’t fire them loud enough.”

The cannons fired when Micheal Spurlock became the first Buccaneer player to return a kickoff for a touchdown in 2007, but fans are more likely to remember Deckerhoff screaming, “Run, Michael, run!”  When Matt Bryant kicked a 62-yard field goal to beat Philadelphia in, Deckerhoff’s thrilling call concluded with, “Matt Bryant is my hero!”
Deckerhoff believes there are more highlights to come in the next two seasons, and he’s thrilled that he will be on hand to see them happen…and more importantly to help Buccaneer fans see them in their mind’s eye.
“I’ve seen a lot,” he said.  “I’ve seen the 3-13 seasons, but by golly there have just been a couple of those and I’ve seen a Super Bowl season.  One Super Bowl and 22 years – there are not a lot of guys in my business who are in that position.  I really think we’ve got great football ahead of us, too, and I can’t wait.”

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« #1 : June 02, 2011, 12:04:30 AM »

I can't even imagine another voice calling the games

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 I thought Lovie said he wanted quickness & speed, even at the QB position?

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« #2 : June 02, 2011, 12:14:26 AM »

I can't even imagine another voice calling the games

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« #3 : June 02, 2011, 12:16:44 AM »

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« #4 : June 02, 2011, 12:27:28 AM »

The Bucs have been truly fortunate to have Gene for all these years.   My favorite team was Gene, Jesse the Body and Al Keck.  (although there was no need for Al Keck really except for the funny insults Jesse would throw his way)

After those guys, I thought Brantley was his best sidekick.   I'm still not sure why they got rid of Brantley.   Seemed it was something outside the booth that happened in his personal life they objected to, but I don't know what.


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« #5 : June 02, 2011, 12:39:37 AM »

The Bucs have been truly fortunate to have Gene for all these years.   My favorite team was Gene, Jesse the Body and Al Keck.  (although there was no need for Al Keck really except for the funny insults Jesse would throw his way)

After those guys, I thought Brantley was his best sidekick.   I'm still not sure why they got rid of Brantley.   Seemed it was something outside the booth that happened in his personal life they objected to, but I don't know what.



Brantley became more and more of a Jets fan, loved their coach and QB. So they figured they better get him off the air before he blurted out something stupid on the air.  Too bad it wasn't as easy to get rid of your tired act.


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« #6 : June 02, 2011, 03:07:17 AM »

Glad he's staying on. A great gamecaller.

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« #7 : June 02, 2011, 08:33:36 AM »

His predecessor wasn't bad either-Mark Champion.

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« #8 : June 02, 2011, 08:39:07 AM »

Great news. It'll be a truly sad day when Gene leaves. He is the best.


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« #9 : June 02, 2011, 09:30:33 AM »

"YOU GO JOE, YOU GO JOE!"

"PICKED OFF, RONDE BARBER! THAT'S IT, THAT'S THE DAGGER!"

"ITTTTTTTTTTTTTT'S GOOD! IT'S GOOD! MATT BRYANT IS MY HERO! SAY HALLEUIA!"

Gene is the best!  Agree, it would be hard to hear Bucs games without him.


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« #10 : June 02, 2011, 09:37:27 AM »

Alstott up the gut....Touchdown Tampa Bay!!!  Fire them cannons!!!


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« #11 : June 02, 2011, 10:00:43 AM »

I'M SURPRISED DOMINIK DIDN'T FORCE HIM OUT FOR BEING TOO OLD!!!!

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« #12 : June 02, 2011, 11:04:00 AM »

I'm from VA so I haven't heard much from Gene except for highlight reels and dvd's. Anyone know where his broadcast can be heard during the games, even if it's a paysite?


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« #13 : June 02, 2011, 11:23:27 AM »

Also from VA.  Question: What radio station broadcasts the bucs games?  Now that I have a fancy phone with radio apps and all that.   Sprint used to have NFL football partnership and you would just click an icon at gametime and get the feed but they switched to partner with verizon last year and made me sad. It was my road link.  Anyway, tried to find on buccaneers.com what stations hosts the games but couldn't find it.  Thanks in advance. I should be able to figure this out by October when the season starts.


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« #14 : June 02, 2011, 12:15:39 PM »

Great news. It'll be a truly sad day when Gene leaves. He is the best.

When he does leave I think he should be in the Ring of Honor.
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