Legendary College Football Announcer Keith Jackson Dies At Age 89


"Truly one of the greats in the broadcasting industry", Harris said on Twitter.

Jackson called some of the most iconic games in college football history.

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Jackson's final game assignment was a true classic, the 2006 Rose Bowl BCS National Championship Game between Texas and USC. "Thank you for the lessons KJ".

"Keith Jackson is a man of great character and a legendary broadcaster", George Bodenheimer, then the president of ESPN and ABC Sports, said when Jackson retired in 2006. He called some of the game's biggest moments and even gave the Rose Bowl its nickname of the "Granddaddy of the All". Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls.

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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.

A native of Georgia, Jackson served in the Marine Corps before attending Washington State University where the broadcast building was renamed in his honor in 2014. He was a five-time National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association National Sportscaster of the Year recipient. In the days before cable and monstrous television packages where almost every top-level college football game is televised, the ABC 3:30 p.m. ET game was appointment viewing for many college football fans as it was traditionally the weekend's marquee game.

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He will remembered for that and so much more.