Legendary college football broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

Legendary college football broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

Legendary college football broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

Picking a single best call from Jackson is impossible - his smooth voice, an inherent love of college football, and the uncanny ability to pick his spots regarding providing analysis and letting the gravity of a moment speak for itself were a staple of Saturdays every fall.

Jackson's final game assignment was a true classic, the 2006 Rose Bowl BCS National Championship Game between Texas and USC. Though he worked a number of sports, including Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association, he was most famous for being the network's voice of college football.

"For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football", said Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. He was the first play-by-play man of Monday Night Football. The ABC Sports broadcasting legend was 89. "Thank you for the lessons KJ". His last broadcast was the 2006 Rose Bowl, a bowl he coined "the granddaddy of them all".

Keith Jackson has passed away.


Jackson began calling college football games for ABC Sports when it acquired the broadcast rights for NCAA football in 1966. "When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game".

Jackson, known for emoting the occasional "Whoa, Nellie" for a big play, also created other terms that will persevere, including "The Big House" for Michigan's stadium.

Jackson is from Roperville, Georgia and is a graduate of Washington State University.

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