Former college football broadcasting icon Keith Jackson passes away at 89

Former college football broadcasting icon Keith Jackson passes away at 89

The last game Jackson announced was quite possibly the most entertaining of his career.

Although Jackson will always be linked to his beloved college football, his career at ABC also included being the first "Monday Night Football" play-by-play announcer, a staple on "Wide World of Sports" and Olympic broadcasts.

Besides college football, Jackson also covered other sports games in the National Basketball Association, golf, MLB, NFL and the Olympics. Keith was a true gentleman and memorable presence. Jackson called the 2006 BCS Championship, featuring Texas and USC.

Jackson spent the final 11 years of his life at home in California with his wife Turi Ann. He was best known for his yearly call of the New Year's Rose Bowl game - or, as Jackson put it, the "granddaddy of them all"'.

Jackson also gave us the term "Big Uglies" for the offensive linemen who toil in the trenches and nicknamed Michigan Stadium "The Big House".

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Jackson began calling college football games for ABC Sports when it acquired the broadcast rights for NCAA football in 1966.

"This is the flawless time", Jackson told The New York Times in May 2006.

Jackson is from Roperville, Georgia and is a graduate of Washington State University. The ABC Sports broadcasting legend was 89.

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

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