Keith Jackson, legendary college football announcer, dies at 89

ABC Sports Commentator Passed Quietly With His Family

Sports Fans around the world lost a Voice Friday, and Keith Jackson passed away at the age of 89. Jackson, who began his broadcasting career in 1952, was best known for his longtime stint on ABC Sports, ESPN reported. He began working at ABC in 1966 until 2006 when he retired and called his last game, the Bowl Championship Series game between the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California.

Jackson was known for signature calls such as “Whoa, Nellie!” and “big uglies” and calling the Rose Bowl “The Granddaddy of Them All,” Sports Illustrated reported.

Besides college football, Jackson also covered other sports games in the NBA, golf, MLB, NFL and the Olympics.

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