Keith Jackson, voice of college football, dies at 89


College Football 24/7 will have more on Jackson's passing soon. His final game was in 2006, where he called the famous Rose Bowl game between USC and Texas. He joined ABC in 1966 when it secured the rights to college football coverage but also covered the NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR and served as a host on "Wide World of Sports".

Jackson, forever remembered for his signature "Whoa, Nellie" call, died Friday night surrounded by his family, according to NBC Sports' Todd Harris. "His influence as a broadcaster of all sports is forever".

Jackson initially retired from broadcasting after calling Tennessee's BCS Championship win over Florida State in January 1999.

He also called Woody Hayes' infamous last game in 1978, the Gator Bowl between Clemson and the Buckeyes.

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Keith Jackson was the voice of college football.

His career went far beyond college football Saturdays, however, with Jackson in the booth for Olympic moments, play-by-play on Monday Night Football and more in a long career at ABC.

It was an appropriate farewell for Jackson, who was credited with nicknaming the Rose Bowl the "Granddaddy of Them All". He was a five-time National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association National Sportscaster of the Year recipient. He spent four years in the Marine Corps before attending Washington State and graduating with a broadcast journalism degree.