Florio Jr. is 16 today

Those of you who have been visiting this site since we launched in 2001 may remember me talking about my five-year-old son.

And in early 2006, after Vince Young chalked up a six in the Wonderlic, a nine-year-old Florio Jr. took a portion of a sample test and generated a score that extrapolated to a 15.

And now Florio Jr. goes from 15 to 16.

It’s yet another one of those strange, bittersweet moments, where pride for what he has become intersects with sadness over days that never will return.

The birthday comes a day after he missed his high school’s football game with a “mild” concussion.  His team is now 3-0 after a 30-0 win, and there’s a good chance they’ll be ranked No. 1 in the West Virginia Class A in the coming days.

And the best part about football season is that there’s no time for him to get his driver’s license.

56 responses to “Florio Jr. is 16 today

  1. Congrats young Florio on the b-day.

    “Mild”…… I’m with you there. That is an absurd categorization of brain trauma. Completely ridiculous. Get well soon Jr.

  2. Have a BMW 760Li sedan ready for jr. sitting in the garage so he can learn on & then use for his everyday activities.

  3. Happy Birthday Florio Jr. I hope you realize how much your dad loves you. In this day and age you can never get enough love. Just be glad you don’t play QB because a certain Redskin fan who has a man crush on his QB, would be dogging you to no end.

    Way to go MF looks like you got a keeper.

  4. Ahhhh 16…one of the first birthdays for which kids counted down the days until they reached it.
    I hope he has a happy birthday.
    You could always do what my mom did, forbid me to get my license at all until I was almost 18, and I’d already had a paid PT job (not counting babysitting)since I was 16.

  5. Congratulations on surviving your parents for this long. Don’t let them bull you. There is plenty of time to let you practice for your driver’s license. Just wake up the parents early and have them ride along as your drive to school!

  6. Florio Jr. is lucky to have a father who is so devoted to him. Florio Sr. is a busy man, having becoming a sought after football analyst celebrity with the success of PFT, especially since the merger with NBC. Yet he obviously still finds time to be a full-time father to Florio Jr. This is pleasing. My father died a few days before my 16th birthday.

  7. Stories like this are what make PFT great. Florio’s love for his family is awesome and it’s nice to see a successful guy keep it real with personal, light articles. Keep up the good work MF, you and PFT deserve the attention your getting. Keep it up! You don’t get half of what you get on PFT on the Four Letter Network.

  8. I’m guessing that the older Jr. gets, the less he enjoys Dad using this site to talk about him.

    heh, heh, heh…….

  9. Happy B-day Jr! And if “Voice ofreasonsays” posts on here that Jr will never grow up and be as good as a qb than RGIII I’m going to hunt him down

  10. “It’s yet another one of those strange, bittersweet moments, where pride for what he has become intersects with sadness over days that never will return.”

    Wow Florio, you are a good guy after all. My exact feelings as I watch my daughters grow,,,Happy Birthday JR! You deserve a VERY expensive car!

  11. Mike, take the rest of the day off and go fishing with your son!

    The more you work and the older you get, the more you’ll regret working too much and not spending enough time with your kid(s).

    At age 64 this realization is all too painful… and it’s too late to do anything about it in my case.

  12. Happy birthday! Enjoy your time with him Mike; before you know it he will be in college. Because you love him and spend time with him now, he will want to spend time with you later.

  13. Congrats. But no need to brag about how your nine year old son of a successful lawer/entrepreneur is smarter than V. Young from the hood. Let’s see how he does when you stop paying the bills and if he makes close to what V. Young made.

  14. I dig it that Papa Florio has so much passion, respect, love and affection for his boy — exactly how it should be!

    It may be “off-topic” – but it’s still cool by me.

    And of course, Happy Birthday, Michael Florio, Jr.!

  15. 16 years old, 5’11” and 220 lbs. Attends a Catholic High School. This is an exact replica of me! (though I’m currently 15, holding a Restricted Drivers License in SD, and won’t be 16 till March. Is Jr. a Soph. or a Jr.?

  16. Mike,
    Hug him fiercely every day, no matter how big he gets, or how old he gets, or how much he decides he doesn’t need a hug from his dad. It’s important. My son died at 14. I looked around and there was no son to hug.
    Best wishes to your family.

  17. Love them all you can whenever you can. Lost my oldest a few years back, would have been 22. My youngest is 8, I want to push down on her head to keep her small. It’s not working, she almost comes up to my shoulders! What are they putting in the food these days?
    Happy Birthday Jr.!

  18. I do feel bad for Florio Jr. though …. he’s at the age where other kids are going to start busting on him that his father is a real dweeb ……. kids can be so perceptive ….. er, mean.

    😉

  19. Happy birthday, young man!!! Congrats on the success of your team!! So sorry to hear of your injury and wish you a speedy recovery. 🙂

  20. usmutts
    Sep 15, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT
    And luckily for young Florio his looks are inherited from his mom!

    xx4zu1
    Sep 15, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT
    Happy birthday Florio Jr. today would be a good day to thank your mom that you don’t look like your dad
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    You ain’t kidding about that. Besides looks, let’s hope Jr. Inherited mom’s charisma and personality too or else he’s in trouble.
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    KIR
    Sep 15, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT
    Mike, what is your height and weight? Is he already bigger than you?

    I don’t think Florio Sr. will answer that, but from an article by deadspin.com in 2009, this might give you an idea.
    “Yesterday it was announced that feisty little Italian, Mike Florio, and his Pro Football Talk site were partnering with NBC Sports. “

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