Legendary Broadcaster Keith Jackson Has Passed Away

Florence Fletcher
January 13, 2018

The broadcast level inside the Rose Bowl stadium was named the Keith Jackson Broadcast Center in his honor in 2015. He called 16 Sugar Bowls and 15 Rose Bowls over the years, and regularly worked such rivalry games as Alabama-Tennessee, Ohio State-Michigan, USC-Notre Dame and the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn.

One of sports biggest and most recognizable broadcasters, Keith Jackson, has died at the age of 89.

Though Jackson called the Olympics, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the NFL (he was the first play-by-play voice of ABC's "Monday Night Football") over the years, he was best-known for his work in college football.

A native of Georgia, Jackson's southern drawl fit perfectly with the sport. Jackson covered the Olympics, the NBA, Major League Baseball, auto racing and more.

According to ESPN, Jackson began calling play-by-play for college football games in 1952. In addition, he traveled to 31 countries for "Wide World of Sports".

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A true college football legend has passed away.

Sam Farmer with the LA Times broke the news.

The final call of Jackson's career came during what has been tabbed as the greatest college football game of all time - the national title game between USC and Texas in the Rose Bowl in 2006.

Jackson was born on October 18, 1928, in Georgia near the Alabama state line. He worked at the ABC affiliate in Seattle, KOMO, for 10 years, including conducting the first live sports broadcast from the Soviet Union to the United States in 1958.

"The voice of college football ans so much more has left us", Harris wrote on Twitter Saturday morning.

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