Legendary College Football Announcer Keith Jackson Dies At Age 89

Legendary College Football Announcer Keith Jackson Dies At Age 89

Legendary college football announcer Keith Jackson died Friday at 89.

Jackson started his broadcasting career in 1952 and remained a popular figure with ABC until his final broadcast in 2006, when he called a classic Rose Bowl between Texas and USC.

My mentor and dear friend, Keith Jackson passed last night surrounded by his family. Jackson called 15 Rose Bowls and 16 Sugar Bowls. And if you've heard "whoa nellie" or ever referenced the "big uglies", you can thank Jackson for the popularization of those phrases.

Jackson retired from his duties in the booth following the 2005 season.

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Many took to social media to mourn the loss of Jackson, saying Jackson made Saturday college football and the big bowl games "must see TV".

The announcer left an imprint on the game few can approach, with Jackson's presence immediately elevating the action on the field. He also called NBA, MLB and college basketball games. It is Jackson that is largely credited with nicknaming the Rose Bowl "The Granddaddy of Them All".

The National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association named him the National Sportscaster of the Year five times, among other honors. Jackson had a wide-spanning appeal across the college football landscape because he had a deep understanding and appreciation of the sport from multiple angles. He spent four years in the Marine Corps before attending Washington State and graduating with a broadcast journalism degree.