Keith Jackson passed away on Friday night.
Legendary sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, who called college football games for five decades at ABC, died on Friday at the age of 89. Jackson was one of the most beloved men in sports television.
Jackson died surrounded by his family and friends. Tributes have been pouring in on social media in his honor. Disney President Bob Iger issued a statement on Jackson’s death as well.
“For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a true gentleman and a memorable presence. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Turi Ann, and his family.”
Jackson was one of the most well-rounded in the industry. In his long career, he called games for college football, pro football, pro basketball, baseball and the Olympics.
Jackson’s final call was the 2006 Rose Bowl between Texas and USC. He also called another college football classic in the 21st century – Ohio State’s Fiesta Bowl victory over Miami in 2003.
“The ball is actually a little short of the 1-yard-line now. It is fourth down, the final play, unless they can stick it in the end zone.
Andre Johnson, Roscoe Parrish, and Kellen Winslow. Dorsey, under pressure, throws it…incomplete. The Buckeyes win! Cie Grant was the man who pressured Dorsey and now the party begins for the Ohio State Buckeyes. They are 14-0. And they are the national champions of college football.”
Relive it here:
Final Play Of Ohio State-Miami BCS National Championship Game Called By The Late Keith Jackson. RIP Sir. pic.twitter.com/AOO6NsM0sr
— The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) January 14, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jackson’s family and friends.