Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

His career went far beyond college football Saturdays, however, with Jackson in the booth for Olympic moments, play-by-play on Monday Night Football and more in a long career at ABC. 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.

"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.

But, Jackson's first true love was college football.

"For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football", said Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls.

In 2015, the Rose Bowl's radio and television facilities were named for Jackson. He walked away for good in May 2006, telling The New York Times he was finished "forever". "I don't want to get back into the pressure cooker of play-by-play and worry about travel".

He was credited with nicknaming the Rose Bowl "The Granddaddy of Them All" and Michigan's stadium "The Big House".

The last game he called was the BCS title game in January 2006, between Texas and USC.

One of the many iconic calls by the great Keith Jackson.

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). He spent four years in the Marine Corps before attending Washington State and graduating with a broadcast journalism degree.

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