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Happy 17th Birthday, Florio Jr.

On this day in 1996, a nine-pound, one-ounce baby boy was born in Morgantown, West Virginia.  Like today, it was a Sunday.  And in the hospital room that night, we watched NFL highlights together, the nine-pound, one-ounce baby boy propped on my chest.

Seventeen years and 230 more pounds later, that baby boy would crush my sternum if we tried to do it again.

For those of you who have been hanging around here for a while, you’ve heard about Florio Jr. many times over the years.  He took a few Wonderlic questions at age seven.  And I’ve mentioned from time to time his drum skills — and also the exploits of his sports teams.

Maybe one of these days, I’ll hand him the keys to PFT.  For now, I’m getting ready to hand him the keys to a car.  (I think I’d rather hand him the keys to PFT.)

He recently dyed his hair blonde along with his football teammates, and he looks about as happy as any 17-year-old ever looks.  But he’d be happy to hear a happy birthday or two from PFT Planet — even if he’d never act like it.

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58 Responses to “Happy 17th Birthday, Florio Jr.”
  1. georgewashingtonsghost says: Sep 15, 2013 9:27 PM

    Happy Bithday!

  2. jdhein22 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:29 PM

    Happy Birthday, Florio, Jr. I look forward to the day you will block my comments, instead of your old man. By the way, I did the blonde-dye thing once too. It also didn’t go well over with the ‘rents. But, it was popular with the ladies. And that is all that matters.

  3. bigbluefan11 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:30 PM

    Happy Birthday, Florio, Jr.

    17 is a great age. Enjoy every minute of it.

  4. remyje says: Sep 15, 2013 9:31 PM

    Happy Birthday, logicalvoicesays!!

  5. steelcurtain9 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:32 PM

    Happy birthday Junior.

  6. steelerfan9598 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:33 PM

    Happy Birthday Jr. I remember at which point you were probably in kindergarten. I hope Pat White getting cut didn’t ruin your Dads mood at the party.

  7. stlunatik says: Sep 15, 2013 9:34 PM

    Ahh 17. Enjoy it young man it goes by fast. Happy Bday from the Lunatiks in STL

  8. drhookrx says: Sep 15, 2013 9:34 PM

    Happy birthday Florio Jr.!!

  9. kuranda84 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:34 PM

    Happy birthday!

  10. johnthehillboy says: Sep 15, 2013 9:37 PM

    Days Jr.!

  11. elmustardo says: Sep 15, 2013 9:37 PM

    Happy Birthday, young man!

    I can’t imagine having a father with access to his own website where he can post family pictures.

    I feel your pain.

  12. acmepackers says: Sep 15, 2013 9:38 PM

    Happy birthday! Did your dad speak legal talk to you all day?

  13. halen11 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:39 PM

    Happy birthday from all of us loudmouths here in the comments section of the coolest pro football website ever.

  14. larryboodry says: Sep 15, 2013 9:40 PM

    Happy Birthday, Junior!

  15. nevernudetobias says: Sep 15, 2013 9:41 PM

    Wow, can’t believe Florio Jr is this old now. My god, ive been a long time follower of this site and remember when he was a little guy. Florio all of a sudden I feel a bit old. Happy Birthday, Jr.

  16. bmoreravens1012013 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:41 PM

    On behalf of Ravensnation, Happy Birthday Florio Jr! Wish you many more!

  17. dbones750 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:45 PM

    remyje says: Sep 15, 2013 9:31 PM

    Happy Birthday, logicalvoicesays!!


    thanks for that one remyje.

    Happy birthday, FJ!

  18. brooks07 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:47 PM

    Happy Birthday Florida Junior! Make it a great year!!

  19. 3kdad says: Sep 15, 2013 9:48 PM

    That look on his face says Florio gave him the keys to a 70 AMC Gremlin. Happy Birthday Junior!

  20. jzone954 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:49 PM

    Happy Bday. God bless

  21. mminpacbeach says: Sep 15, 2013 9:49 PM

    Happy birthday Jr! A birthday is the 1st day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.

  22. thebadguyswon says: Sep 15, 2013 9:50 PM

    Haha! That’s cool. Fatherhood is the best.

    Happy birthday, young man. All the best.

  23. myjunkyourtrunk says: Sep 15, 2013 9:50 PM

    Mr.Florio, you are the man. You built this site, made it what it is, sold out, (made straight up cash) and still make it what it is. You still make it yours. Florio Jr. should pass on the car and take the keys to P.F.T.

  24. Exiled1 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:51 PM

    I wonder how embarrassed he is? Happy B-Day.

  25. gregbeau says: Sep 15, 2013 9:55 PM

    Jeez, he looks like he belongs in a police lineup in that pic.

    Really, 230 lbs.? Aren’t you about 5’8″ and 150 lbs, Mikey? What’s up with that? Is the kid on the juice? Spill it!

    Ahhh, just kidding. Happy Birthday, Jr.!

  26. anonymous135 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:55 PM

    How embarrassing man, hope your dad doesn’t burn you every year like this..

    You’re old enough to threaten to crack him next time he dares if you want… and old enough he’ll believe you now 😉

    HB and love your family

  27. mrturophile says: Sep 15, 2013 10:01 PM

    Smile, Florio Jr. Your dad loves you like crazy.

  28. thebigtim2012 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:04 PM

    Happy birthday flo Jo

  29. DonRSD says: Sep 15, 2013 10:14 PM


  30. southernpatriots says: Sep 15, 2013 10:20 PM

    Happy Birthday Jr.!

    Sr., boy do I understand rather doing about anything than giving a son keys to a car! What we did was prohibit any friends from being in the car for the first year and then only those we knew and knew their parents for the second year, and so on. It worked well to keep our son out of trouble and eventually the lack of claims on our insurance resulted in a normal insurance rate! Hallelujah! I just about thought that would never happen.

  31. lennydpocketqb says: Sep 15, 2013 10:41 PM

    Happy Birthday!

  32. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 15, 2013 10:41 PM

    Happy Birthday!

    Sorry I didn’t get you anything, but football players have to create and haul in their own sacks!

  33. sdsupersean says: Sep 15, 2013 10:42 PM

    Happy birthday day jr!

  34. 4thqtrsaint says: Sep 15, 2013 10:45 PM

    Happy Birthday from WhoDat Nation! Judging by Jr’s expression, somebody got a Prius with rims that do not spin.

  35. iamapatsfan says: Sep 15, 2013 10:49 PM

    Happy Birthday! Maybe you should ask to have the keys to PFT for a day.

    Oh, the damage you could do…

  36. Getoffmylawn! says: Sep 15, 2013 10:53 PM

    Happy Birthday jr. Time of your life. Be smart behind the wheel. Hope the “days without an arrest” meter never resets on you!

  37. oneandonlyramsfaninpa says: Sep 15, 2013 11:00 PM

    happy birthday! be happy to have a dad like yours, very proud and involved in your life. this post makes me happy that their are some great parents still.

  38. danpit2 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:01 PM

    Happy birthday brother!!!

  39. nativeraider says: Sep 15, 2013 11:09 PM

    That would be cool if he was a Raider fan. I wonder how Sr. would take it?

  40. bigbens69taintedlove says: Sep 15, 2013 11:13 PM

    Titus Young has a better mug shot than that

  41. drone501 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:15 PM

    happy birthday. come to Pitt

  42. bigks77 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:17 PM

    Happy birthday!!!

  43. 12444uggg says: Sep 15, 2013 11:27 PM

    Your kid is trouble, and 17 brings it out in all of us.
    Enjoy that.

  44. mackcarrington says: Sep 15, 2013 11:33 PM

    I’m going to join in the happy birthday chorus also, so perhaps your old man won’t delete any more of my posts!

  45. thetooloftools says: Sep 15, 2013 11:38 PM

    He’s a great young man.
    Any more kids I can tell lies about?

  46. xx4zu1 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:42 PM

    Happy Birthday Florio Jr. and Happy Birthday to me too. You got a good birthday Florio Jr. Mine was just 23 years b4 yours. I’ve been following your old man from the beginning.

  47. stairwayto7 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:50 PM

    Why all the thumbs down on his birthday?

  48. bigdaddy44 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:55 PM

    Happy Birthday, Jr.! Wow, a 230 lb. football player. It must have been the mailman. By the way, let me tell you about myself – neither rain, nor snow, nor dark of night…….

    Just kidding, but your old man will probably have this deleted, like he has every other time I slapped him down!

  49. benh999 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:38 AM

    I am surprised he can be that happy with you as his father.

  50. truthfactory says: Sep 16, 2013 12:48 AM

    Happy Birthday- Enjoy your day!

  51. msstiller58 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:58 AM

    Hope it was happy happy happy!

  52. siggtacular says: Sep 16, 2013 2:11 AM


  53. redseaone says: Sep 16, 2013 5:50 AM

    Happy Birthday dude!

  54. eagles83 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:23 AM

    Happy birthday Jr.

  55. chezdecko says: Sep 16, 2013 8:15 AM

    Proud Papa. Happy Birthday.

  56. deep64blue says: Sep 16, 2013 11:04 AM

    Happy birthday Florio Jr!!

  57. nonetruerthanblue says: Sep 16, 2013 11:43 AM

    Happy Birthday! Appreciate your dad for this article.

  58. pbastille says: Sep 16, 2013 12:17 PM

    Happy birthday dude!

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