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

Legendary sports broadcaster Keith Jackson passed away at the age of 89 today

Keith Jackson, who was widely regarded as the voice of college football by several generations, died late Friday night, his family said. He also worked National Football League and NBA games, numerous World Series, 10 Olympics and auto racing.

He worked at ABC from 1966 through 2006, where he rose to prominence as he usually called the biggest college football game of the week. He was also the play-by-play voice for the first season of ABC's Monday Night Football in 1970.

"Keith Jackson is a man of great character and a legendary broadcaster", former ESPN president George Bodenheimer said at the time of Jackson's retirement (via ESPN).

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.

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. "For decades, his unmistakable style defined college football for millions of fans".

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Born Oct. 18, 1928, in Roopville, Ga., Jackson served in the United States Marine Corps before attending college at Washington State on the G.I. Bill.

Jackson's final game for ABC was a game fitting of his broadcast career.

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

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

Jackson initially retired from broadcasting after calling Tennessee's BCS Championship win over Florida State in January 1999. Jackson was synonymous with the Rose Bowl as well as his catch phrase, "Whoa Nellie".

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