Keith Jackson, 'voice of college football,' dies at 89


Astute ABC via Getty Images)KEITH JACKSON

"For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football", said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. He began working at ABC in 1966 until 2006 when he retired and called his last game, the Bowl Championship Series game between the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California.

Jackson called some of the most iconic games in college football history. "Thank you for the lessons KJ". Jackson called 15 Rose Bowls and 16 Sugar Bowls.

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.

And he was there for all the big games from decade to decade. He also called NBA, MLB and college basketball games.

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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. "One of the greatest to ever do it". He spent four years in the Marine Corps before attending Washington State and graduating with a broadcast journalism degree.

Keith Jackson was the voice of college football. He was a five-time National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association National Sportscaster of the Year recipient.

"I want to be remembered as a good ol' boy who married a gorgeous lady and we had a great life together", Jackson told Plaschke in 2015.

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