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In front of the Rose Bowl, a place he was quite familiar with as he called 15 “Grandaddy of Them All” (a phrase he coined) games. Photo courtesy of times-georgian.com
On the occasion of Martin Luther King Day, we pay homage to the greatest college football announcer of all time – and my personal favorite – as he passed away this past Saturday at the age of 89.
Here are just a few of his career highlights…
- Called three World Series (1977, 1979, and 1981) and three Major League Baseball All Star Games (1978, 1980, and 1982)
- Called the first Monday Night Football game – New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns – on September 21, 1970
- Called college football games, mostly on ABC, for over fifty years
- Called the 100th meetings of the Oklahoma vs Texas and Michigan vs Ohio State rivalry football games
- Called 15 Rose Bowls, including the one on January 4, 2016 – his last broadcast – when Texas beat USC 42-38
- Called legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s last game on November 28th, 1982
- Called eight games that decided college football’s national championship, including Florida State vs Florida in the 1997 Sugar Bowl, Tennessee vs Florida State in the first BCS title game in 1999, and Miami (FL) vs Ohio State in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl
This man was, without any doubt, to college football what Vin Scully was to baseball – a voice and personality that people gravitated to and even though you never met him, you saw him as a good friend.
It goes without saying that Jackson will be dearly missed; I will certainly miss him as he was a significant reason why I am a big college football fan (along with baseball with Scully, of course).
Here are a few of Jackson’s most memorable calls, courtesy of YouTube…
Calling Colorado’s Hail Mary pass that shocked Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1994
Some of the 1995 Rose Bowl, Oregon vs Nebraska
Keith Jackson’s last game – the 2006 Rose Bowl for the BCS National Championship, Texas’ Vince Young scoring the winning touchdown to beat USC
REST IN PEACE KEITH JACKSON 1928-2018