Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Legendary College Football Announcer Keith Jackson Dies

Legendary College Football Announcer Keith Jackson Dies

Jackson was considered by many to be "the voice" of college football, broadcasting the sport for 50-plus years. He was the first play-by-play man of Monday Night Football. He called some of the game's biggest moments and even gave the Rose Bowl its nickname of the "Granddaddy of the All". During his expansive career, Jackson also called the Olympics, NFL, MLB, NBA, PGA Tour golf, boxing, racing and college basketball. Keith was a true gentleman and memorable presence.

College Football 24/7 will have more on Jackson's passing soon. It came during the 2006 Rose Bowl, when Texas QB Vince Young scored in the final seconds to cap a stunning upset of heavily-favored USC in the National Championship game. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Turi Ann, and his family".

There he covered nearly everything the sports world had to offer.

The college football world lost its most prominent voice on Friday night. He walked away for good in May 2006, telling The New York Times he was finished "forever".

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Jackson was born on October 18, 1928, in Georgia near the Alabama state line.

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. The ABC Sports broadcasting legend was 89.

He became sports director of ABC Radio West in 1964 and was a freelancer for ABC Sports until becoming part of its college football announcing crew.

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