Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at age 89

Legendary College Football Announcer Keith Jackson Dies At Age 89

While he's most known for his college football coverage, he covered the NFL, MLB the National Basketball Association, boxing, auto racing, golf and the Olympics. In addition, he traveled to 31 countries for "Wide World of Sports".

Sports announcer Todd Harris said his friend and mentor passed away surrounded by his family. He called some of the game's biggest moments and even gave the Rose Bowl its nickname of the "Granddaddy of the All". He was also the play-by-play voice for the first season of ABC's Monday Night Football in 1970.

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

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Keith Jackson was the voice of college football.

"This is the flawless time", Jackson told The New York Times in May 2006. His final game was in 2006, where he called the famous Rose Bowl game between USC and Texas.

The announcer left an imprint on the game few can approach, with Jackson's presence immediately elevating the action on the field.

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Jackson was born on October 18, 1928, in Georgia near the Alabama state line.

Prior to his career in the media, Jackson spent four years in the USA marines before enrolling at Washington State University, where he graduated with a degree in speech communications. The ABC Sports broadcasting legend was 89. He was a five-time National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association National Sportscaster of the Year recipient.

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