Keith Jackson, The Voice of College Football, Passes Away

Nick Roushover 3 years


Aritcle written by:Nick RoushNick Roush


Whoa Nellie!  Broadcasting icon Keith Jackson has passed away at 89. A 40-year veteran broadcaster for ABC Sports, Jackson was the first play-by-play man on Monday Night Football, he called NBA games with Bill Russell and multiple Olympics, most notably Mark Spitz's seven gold medals in Munich.  Despite his many other accomplishments, Jackson will always be remembered for his contributions to college football. The sound of Jackson's voice meant it was time to watch the best college football game of the week.  It wasn't New Year's Day until you heard Jackson open a broadcast with, "The Grandaddy of Them All," from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.  It's only fitting that his final call was Texas' Rose Bowl National Championship victory over USC in 2006, and the final Rose Bowl the Roopville, Georgia-native got to watch was a captivating come-from-behind victory for the Bulldogs over Oklahoma. Like many traditional broadcasters, Jackson had a signature line, "Whoa Nellie!"  He explained the origin of the phrase to Dan Patrick last year. Rest in Peace to a Legend.  College Football will not be the same without Jackson. Click below for more of Jackson's best calls. Kordell Stewart's Hail Mary Woody Hayes Punches Clemson Player "The Strip" on Lamar Thomas Desmond Howard Strikes a Pose Ohio State Stuns Miami [mobile_ad]

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