Broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

Keith Jackson Always Found the Words

Legendary college football announcer Keith Jackson died Friday at 89.

While he's most known for his college football coverage, he covered the NFL, MLB the National Basketball Association, boxing, auto racing, golf and the Olympics.

"For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football", said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, according to ESPN. He worked at the ABC affiliate in Seattle, KOMO, for 10 years, including conducting the first live sports broadcast from the Soviet Union to the United States in 1958. It was Jackson who proclaimed the Rose Bowl "The Grandaddy of Them All". Jackson was synonymous with the Rose Bowl as well as his catch phrase, "Whoa Nellie". The stadiums TV and radio booths were renamed "The Keith Jackson Broadcast Center" in 2005.

You can hear Jackson's call of the Texas-USC game below.


Jackson called some of the most iconic games in college football history.

A true college football legend has passed away.

Prior to his career in the media, Jackson spent four years in the USA marines before enrolling at Washington State University, where he graduated with a degree in speech communications.

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).

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