Legendary Broadcaster Keith Jackson Has Passed Away
Legendary Broadcaster Keith Jackson Has Passed Away
Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89, ESPN reports
13 January, 2018, 19:09
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. During his expansive career, Jackson also called the Olympics, NFL, MLB, NBA, PGA Tour golf, boxing, racing and college basketball.
"For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football", said Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. The ABC Sports broadcasting legend was 89. 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. "Thank you for the lessons KJ".
Keith Jackson has passed away.
Jackson retired from his duties in the booth following the 2005 season.
Jackson stepped down in the offseason after that 2006 Rose Bowl, ending a career that began calling Washington State football games in 1952.
And he was there for all the big games from decade to decade. It is Jackson that is largely credited with nicknaming the Rose Bowl "The Granddaddy of Them All". He was a five-time National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association National Sportscaster of the Year recipient.
Prior to his career in the media, Jackson spent four years in the U.S. marines before enrolling at Washington State University, where he graduated with a degree in speech communications.
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