"For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football", said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, according to ESPN. Vince Young scrambled into the end zone in the closing seconds of the game as Texas defeated USC to claim the BCS championship in what some call the best college football game ever.
Jackson was considered by many to be "the voice" of college football, broadcasting the sport for 50-plus years. "Thank you Keith for all the memories and the grace in which you provided them". He called 15 Rose Bowls and 16 Sugar Bowls. Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls.
Jackson got his start on the radio in 1952, broadcasting Washington State games, but went on to provide the national television soundtrack for the biggest games in the most storied stadiums. "RIP Keith", Herbstreit wrote. He popularized many catchphrases, most prominently his famous "whoa, Nellie", and is also credited for coining the term "The Big House" for Michigan Stadium.
Jackson was born on October 18, 1928, in Georgia and served in the Marines before attending Washington State University, where he started his broadcasting career in the early 1950s.
Jackson, who was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1999, was also honored by both the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame (1994) and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame (1995). Jackson also called college basketball games with Dick Vitale. "His impact will live on forever".