Keith Jackson, voice of college football, dies at 89

Legendary College Football Announcer Keith Jackson Dies At Age 89

Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89, ESPN reports

My mentor and dear friend, Keith Jackson passed last night surrounded by his family. His final game was the classic 2006 Rose Bowl between Texas and USC in which Vince Young scored on fourth-and-5 in the final seconds near the goal line to win a national title for the Longhorns.

Jackson called the biggest events in college football for 40 years at ABC Sports.

Jackson spent over 50 years working as a college football broadcaster, covering games as early as 1952. It was Jackson who proclaimed the Rose Bowl "The Grandaddy of Them All".

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The Rose Bowl's TV and radio booths are named in Jackson's honor, and he's a member of the Rose Bowl's Hall of Fame.

31 Oct 1998: Indiana Basketball Coach Bobby Knight speaks with ABC Sportscaster Keith Jackson during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers at the Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. He also called some legendary Major League Baseball games, like Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.

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.

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"'We, too, are saddened to hear of (Jackson's passing)", the University of MI tweeted on its official athletics feed.

"Incredibly saddened to hear the loss of a broadcasting legend, the voice of college football across the Country, and WSU Cougar great, Keith Jackson", his alma mater tweeted.

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

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He will remembered for that and so much more.

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