Sport Keith Jackson, legendary voice of college football, dead at 89

21:21  13 january  2018
21:21  13 january  2018 Source:   New York Daily News

The college football world reacts to Keith Jackson’s passing

  The college football world reacts to Keith Jackson’s passing Keith Jackson, the college football legend and a titan of broadcast television, has died at the age of 89, per his family. Jackson’s career spanned decades for ABC in which he called nearly every sport you can think of. But at his best and most poignant, Jackson was the voice of Saturday afternoon college football during the season and the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day (which he nicknamed “The Granddaddy Of Them All.”) His final telecast was the 2006 Rose Bowl, regarded by many as the best game of all time. Those who worked with him spoke to SB Nation about that night earlier this season.

Keith Jackson , the voice of college football for more than a half-century, has died. The ABC Sports broadcasting legend was 89 . Jackson , forever remembered for his signature "Whoa, Nellie" call, died Friday night surrounded by his family, according to NBC Sports' Todd Harris.

Keith Jackson , the voice of college football for more than a half-century, has died. The broadcasting legend was 89 . Jackson , forever remembered for his signature "Whoa, Nellie" call, died Friday night surrounded by his family, according to NBC Sports' Todd Harris.

Keith Jackson, shown with former Tennessee woman's basketball coach Pat Summitt at the 1984 Summer Olympics, has died at age 89. Keith Jackson, shown with former Tennessee woman's basketball coach Pat Summitt at the 1984 Summer Olympics, has died at age 89.

Keith Jackson, the voice of college football for more than a half-century, has died. The ABC Sports broadcasting legend was 89.

Jackson, forever remembered for his signature "Whoa, Nellie" call, died Friday night surrounded by his family, according to NBC Sports' Todd Harris.

"The voice of college football and so much more has left us," Harris wrote on Twitter Saturday morning. "Truly one of the greats in the broadcasting industry. I am grateful for my time with a true legend. Thank you for the lessons KJ."

Keith Jackson's Most Memorable College Football Calls

  Keith Jackson's Most Memorable College Football Calls In honor of the legendary college football announcer Keith Jackson who died Friday night, here are some of his most memorable calls throughout his career. He was 89 years old. Jackson was considered by many to be "the voice" of college football, broadcasting the sport for 50-plus years. His iconic "Whoa Nellie" catchphrase was a regular part of Saturdays for years. He is credited with nicknaming the Rose Bowl, "The Granddaddy of Them All" and Michigan Stadium as the "Big House.

Keith Jackson , the voice of college football , passed away last night at the age of 89 . Rest in peace to the legendary Keith Jackson .

Keith Jackson , the voice of college football , passed away last night at the age of 89 . Rest in peace to the legendary Keith Jackson .

Jackson spent 56 years broadcasting college football, including 15 Rose Bowls. His final game before he retired was the 2006 thriller between USC and Texas at the famed game in Pasadena. It was Jackson who proclaimed the Rose Bowl "The Grandaddy of Them All." The stadiums TV and radio booths were renamed "The Keith Jackson Broadcast Center" in 2005.

Los Angeles Times columnist BillPlaschke wrote this about Jackson when he interviewed the legend a decade after he stepped away from the broadcast booth.

To hear him again is to be taken back to your childhood again, sitting in front of the television with a bologna sandwich and a Coke as the Saturday afternoon sun slowly sets on that lawn you just mowed, watching Bo and Woody and Bear come to life through a syrupy ballad that still sounds wonderfully like some kid breaking tackles and sprinting through a weed-choked field in rural nowhere.

Good night, Keith Jackson. And thanks.

  Good night, Keith Jackson. And thanks. The voice of the broadcaster, who died Friday night at 89, both shaped and transcended college football.Sunday died in April 2013; now, Saturday has gone along with it. Maybe they're huddled together, in some football heaven.

Keith Jackson , the voice of college football , has died at the age of 89 . According to ESPN, Jackson , who retired in 2006, spent some 50 years calling the action in a folksy, down-to-earth manner that made him one of the most popular play-by-play personalities in the business.

Keith Jackson , the voice of college football , passed away last night at the age of 89 . RIP to the GOAT. pic.twitter.com/38G2v0yTJa. Rest in peace to the legendary Keith Jackson .

Although Jackson will always be linked to his beloved college football, his career at ABC also included being the first "Monday Night Football" play-by-play announcer, a staple on "Wide World of Sports" and Olympic broadcasts. He also called NBA, MLB and college basketball games.

Kirk Herbstreit, the former Ohio State QB and current ESPN college football analyst, called Jackson the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) in a social media post Saturday.

"Just heard the news that everyone’s favorite CFB broadcaster Keith Jackson passed away last night. Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls. Thank you Keith for all the memories and the grace in which you provided them. RIP Keith," Herbstreit wrote.

Jackson also gave us the term "Big Uglies" for the offensive linemen who toil in the trenches and nicknamed Michigan Stadium "The Big House."

'We, too, are saddened to hear of (Jackson's passing)," the University of Michigan tweeted on its official athletics feed. "One of the greatest to ever do it."

Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey dies at 87

  Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey dies at 87 Doug Harvey, the respected Hall of Fame umpire who earned the nicknamed "God" over the course of his long career, died Saturday at age 87. Harvey's wife, Joy, confirmed the news to Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com on Sunday. "Doug Harvey demonstrated exceptional character during a distinguished umpiring career, and was universally respected in baseball," Hall of Fame chairman Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement on Sunday. "All of us at the Hall of Fame thought highly of him, and we are deeply saddened by this loss. We send our sympathy and love to his wife, Joy, and their family.

Keith Jackson , the voice of college football , passed away last night at the age of 89 . Rest in peace to the legendary Keith Jackson .

Keith Jackson , the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades as a broadcaster, has died. He was 89 . News. Fats Domino, legendary musician, dead at 89 .

Jackson, who was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1999, was also honored by both the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame (1994) and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame (1995).

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.

"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. "His impact will live on forever."

"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.

He will remembered for that and so much more.

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