College football has lost one of its signature voices, as legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson passed away on Friday night at the age of 89, according to a report from Sam Farmer of the LA Times.
Jackson called a number of iconic games, including his final game, the 2006 Rose Bowl between Texas and USC. Jackson was synonymous with the Rose Bowl as well as his catch phrase, “Whoa Nellie.”
Jackson spent over 50 years working as a college football broadcaster, covering games as early as 1952. He worked at ABC from 1966 through 2006, where he rose to prominence as he usually called the biggest college football game of the week. Jackson called 15 Rose Bowls and 16 Sugar Bowls.
He also served as the announcer for the first season of Monday Night Football in 1970 but served in that role for just one season. Jackson also called a number of memorable baseball games in the 1970’s and 80’s. Jackson also called college basketball games with Dick Vitale.
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