Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Keith Jackson, the voice of college football for generations, has died

Keith Jackson, the voice of college football for generations, has died

Keith Jackson, who is often referred to as "the voice of college football", died Friday night at age 89, according to ESPN.

Keith Jackson was also known for his catchphrases, some which have infiltrated the college football vernacular. Over his 40 year ABC career, Jackson became known as the preeminent play-by-play voice of the biggest college football games over the years. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Turi Ann, and his family", Iger said.

Jackson was born October 28, 1928, and raised on a farm near the Georgia-Alabama state line, riding a horse to school and intrigued by sports broadcasts on radio.

His last game was a memorable one as it was the 2006 Rose Bowl, with Vince Young leading Texas past Heisman Trophy winners Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush. And a few years ago, he explained to FOX Sports how that phrase came from his great-grandfather. He was also the play-by-play voice for the first season of ABC's Monday Night Football in 1970.

Legendary College Football Announcer Keith Jackson Dies At Age 89
Keith Jackson, legendary college football broadcaster, dies at 89

In 2014 Washington State renamed its broadcasting building after Jackson.

"That big smiling face, and just the thrill and the love he had for doing college football", Griese said on ESPN's "SportsCenter".

Among his Olympic credits were Mark Spitz's record seven gold medals in the 1972 Games and speedskater Eric Heiden's five golds in 1980. 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.

His ABC career began in 1966 and included numerous assignments in baseball, college and professional football, college basketball and other sports, the university said. People said I had a mule in Georgia named Nellie. Jackson is also in the National Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame, the NSSA Hall of Fame and the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

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