Legendary sports broadcaster Keith Jackson dead at 89

Legendary sports broadcaster Keith Jackson dead at 89

"Keith Jackson is a man of great character and a legendary broadcaster", former ESPN president George Bodenheimer said at the time of Jackson's retirement (via ESPN).

Jackson spent the final 11 years of his life at home in California with his wife Turi Ann.

Jackson, who retired from announcing in 2006, started calling college football games for ABC Sports in 1966. The phrases "Granddaddy of Them All" referring to the Rose Bowl and "The Big House" for Michigan Stadium, were two phrases that came from Jackson that we now use all the time. Jackson also worked with games involving Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association as well as events such as PGA Tour golf, the Olympics, boxing and auto racing.

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Nevertheless, his voice will forever be the soundtrack of such memorable contests as the 2006 BCS National Championship Game between USC and Texas as well as the classic duel between rivals Miami and Florida State in 1991, among countless others. Jackson's longtime employer for 40 years was ABC Sports.

In addition to college football, Jackson was the first play-by-play anchor for Monday Night Football in 1970.

Jackson joined the ABC radio network in 1965, getting his big break there when someone was needed to call a parachute-jumping segment for "Wide World of Sports" in 1968. The visitors won 14-13 when the Cougar holder fumbled the snap for the extra point. In 1972 Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in swimming, and in 1980 Eric Heiden won five individual gold medals in speedskating.

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"I would go around and pluck things off the bush and see if I could find a different way to say some things".

Arledge knew that Jackson was a college football fan and he offered him the lead broadcast voice of the ABC College Football Game of the Week. There is something about the great sports voices of the 20th Century and the American South - Mississippi's Red Barber and Alabama's Mel Allen led the way - but it was in the midwest that Jackson made his mark. "All professional sports of any outcome were located in the big cities in the north, so those of us who enjoyed the game of football followed college football".

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