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Legendary sports broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

Legendary sports broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

Picking a single best call from Jackson is impossible - his smooth voice, an inherent love of college football, and the uncanny ability to pick his spots regarding providing analysis and letting the gravity of a moment speak for itself were a staple of Saturdays every fall. Jackson covered the Olympics, the NBA, Major League Baseball, auto racing and more.

According to ESPN, Jackson's family said he died Friday night. "His influence as a broadcaster of all sports is forever". In the 80s, he was seemingly on the call for every big Notre Dame game and then in the 90s he was there for the 1993 Sugar Bowl between Miami and Alabama and then for the 1997 Sugar Bowl between Florida State and Florida. And if you've heard "whoa nellie" or ever referenced the "big uglies", you can thank Jackson for the popularization of those phrases. The stadiums TV and radio booths were renamed "The Keith Jackson Broadcast Center" in 2005. But Jackson decided he couldn't stay away from football and kept broadcasting for the next seven years, primarily calling games in the western part of the country.

It was an appropriate farewell for Jackson, who was credited with nicknaming the Rose Bowl the "Granddaddy of Them All".

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Jackson is from Roperville, Georgia and is a graduate of Washington State University.

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


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