Keith Jackson, college football's most iconic announcer, passes away at 89

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

My mentor and dear friend, Keith Jackson passed last night surrounded by his family.

Jackson called the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, the national championship game between The Ohio State University and Miami.

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


Jackson worked for ABC Sports from 1966-2006 and college football wasn't his only sport. "Thank you for the lessons KJ". Jackson also called a number of memorable baseball games in the 1970's and 80's.

Jackson spent 56 years broadcasting college football, including 15 Rose Bowls.

You can hear Jackson's call of the Texas-USC game below. "RIP Keith", Herbstreit wrote.


He was credited with nicknaming the Rose Bowl "The Granddaddy of Them All" and Michigan's stadium "The Big House". "One of the greatest to ever do it". In the days before cable and monstrous television packages where almost every top-level college football game is televised, the ABC 3:30 p.m. ET game was appointment viewing for many college football fans as it was traditionally the weekend's marquee game.

The National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association named him the National Sportscaster of the Year five times, among other honors.

Prior to his career in the media, Jackson spent four years in the U.S. marines before enrolling at Washington State University, where he graduated with a degree in speech communications. "His impact will live on forever".


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