Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at age 89

Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at age 89

Keith Jackson, the iconic and legendary voice of college football, passed away on Friday night.

Former ABC sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, who is considered the best play-by-play announcer in the history of the sport, died at the age of 89. It was Jackson who proclaimed the Rose Bowl "The Grandaddy of Them All".

His final game ended up being the 2006 Rose Bowl, the thrilling national-title showdown between USC and Texas that saw Vince Young and the Longhorns prevail over the Trojans and their two Heisman Trophy winners, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, with 19 seconds remaining.

Multiple generations of college football fans grew up listening to Jackson's broadcasts, and he'll be missed by his colleagues and fans alike. Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls.

Sam Farmer with the LA Times broke the news. "I don't want to get back into the pressure cooker of play-by-play and worry about travel". He popularized many catchphrases, most prominently his famous "whoa, Nellie", and is also credited for coining the term "The Big House" for Michigan Stadium.

The last game he called was the BCS title game in January 2006, between Texas and USC.

Prior to his career in the media, Jackson spent four years in the USA marines before enrolling at Washington State University, where he graduated with a degree in speech communications.

The National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association named him the National Sportscaster of the Year five times, among other honors.

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