Keith Jackson, the legendary voice of college football, dead at 89

Keith Jackson, the legendary voice of college football, dead at 89

Keith Jackson, the legendary voice of college football, dead at 89

It is widely regarded as one of the best moments in the history of college football, from the actual on field play to Jackson's narration of it.

Keith Jackson, whose folksy charm, smooth voice and colorful sayings made him the voice of college football for decades, has died at 89.

But it was college football that Jackson was most known for calling as he spent 50 years in the booth covering games across the country.

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.

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.

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"For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football", said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

The voice of college football and so much more has left us. "Thank you for the lessons KJ".

Keith Jackson (center) receiving a Touchdown Club award in 1978. 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.

Jackson was also famous for his catch phrases in the booth, none of which were more popular than "Whoa, Nellie!"

His final game ended up being the 2006 Rose Bowl, the thrilling national-title showdown between USC and Texas that saw Vince Young and the Longhorns prevail over the Trojans and their two Heisman Trophy winners, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, with 19 seconds remaining.

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