College Football Sportscaster Keith Jackson Dies At Age 89

14 Enero, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Thomas Hicks
  • Keith Jackson, legendary college football announcer, dies at 89

Legendary college football announcer Keith Jackson died Friday at 89. In addition, Jackson is credited with giving Michigan Stadium the nickname "The Big House" and for calling the Rose Bowl the "The Granddaddy of Them All".

Jackson began his career in broadcasting sports games in 1952 when he called the Washington State and Stanford football game. He also worked NFL and National Basketball Association games, 11 World Series and League of Legends, 10 Winter and Summer Olympics, and auto racing.

Some said Dick Lane, a Los Angeles sports broadcaster, was the original source of "Whoa, Nellie" but Jackson told the Los Angeles Times in 2013 that he borrowed it from his great-grandfather. And if you've heard "whoa nellie" or ever referenced the "big uglies", you can thank Jackson for the popularization of those phrases. He also was the first play-by-play man for ABC's Monday Night Football, sharing a booth with Howard Cosell and Don Meredith.

"For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football", said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Turi Ann.

Jackson's last game was a memorable one as it was the 2006 Rose Bowl, with Vince Young leading Texas past Heisman Trophy winners Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush.

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Bob Griese, who was Jackson's long-time broadcast partner on college football games starting in 1985, was asked what he would remember about him.

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

Although versatile, it was college football for which Jackson was best known. By 1965, Jackson was freelancing for the ABC radio network and later had TV assignments. In 1958, he did the first live sports broadcast from the Soviet Union to the USA, a crew race between the University of Washington and a Soviet team.

Mr. Jackson rose above that incident, later winning an Emmy and being inducted into two sportscasting halls of fame.

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