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Ex-Seminoles Broadcaster, QB Dies

January 15, 1998

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Vic Prinzi, the first Florida State quarterback to start against Florida and a longtime member of the Seminoles radio broadcast team, died Wednesday after a four-month battle with lung cancer. He was 61.

Prinzi’s son, Pete, former wife Barbara and lifelong friend Ray Bryant were with him at his South Tampa home when he died at 5:15 p.m.

Prinzi, who joined Gene Deckerhoff on FSU football broadcasts in 1981, was an account executive at Sales Mark Brokerage in Tampa. He joined with Deckerhoff on Tampa Bay Bandits broadcasts in the mid-1980s.

``He was fighting a very difficult fight,″ Deckerhoff told the Tampa Tribune. ``I feel as though this has not happened. It’s just difficult to comprehend that he is no longer with us.″

Prinzi, the son of a baker, was an all-state quarterback at Waverly (N.Y.) High School, who followed his high school coach, Frank Twomay, to Florida State in 1954 when Twomay became offensive coordinator for Seminoles coach Tom Nugent.

Prinzi teamed with Burt Reynolds in the FSU backfield and the two have remained close friends. Reynolds, who is on the West Coast filming a movie, traveled to Tampa and spent several hours with Prinzi on Friday, Bryant said.

Prinzi’s FSU career, among other things, included playing quarterback the first year the NCAA made face masks mandatory equipment and scoring the first two-point conversion in college football against Ohio University after the rule was implemented in 1956.

He started against Florida when the annual rivalry began in 1958 and received interest from American Football League teams after graduation, but was drafted by the Army. After two years of military service he failed to catch on in the AFL after two tryouts.

He became a graduate-assistant coach at FSU, then became a full-time assistant at the University of Tampa and settled in Tampa.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

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