Keith Jackson, sportscaster with 'Whoa, Nelly! call, dies

Keith Jacson was the voice of college football

He coined the phrase "Granddaddy of Them All" for the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and worked 15 of them, including his final game before his retirement in 2006 when Texas beat USC for the national championship.

Legendary play-by-play announcer Keith Jackson has passed away at the age of 89. He was with ABC for 40 of those years. But college football was his forte, stamping the game with enduring expressions and nicknames.

Keith Max Jackson was born on October 18, 1928, in the western Georgia town of Roopville, and he grew up nearby, just outside Carrollton.

ABC quickly put him on college football and the fit, as Jackson might have said, was pert-near flawless. As Paterno said, "You always know it's a big game when Keith is there". Keith was a true gentleman and a memorable presence. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Turi Ann. "Thank you for all of the incredible Saturday's (sic)", JJ Watt wrote as tribute on Twitter.

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Throwback: 1970 NY Jets vs. Cleveland Browns game. Jackson's final call of Vince Young running into the end zone for the winning touchdown at the 2006 Rose Bowl was a flawless way to cap off a legendary career. He had broadcast 15 Rose Bowls.

Sam Farmer with the LA Times broke the news. It was one of 10 Olympic Games that Jackson would cover for ABC. In 1972 Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in swimming, and in 1980 Eric Heiden won five individual gold medals in speedskating.

Some said Dick Lane, a Los Angeles sports broadcaster, was the original source of "Whoa, Nellie" but Jackson told the Los Angeles Times in 2013 that he borrowed it from his great-grandfather. Never, never shining the light on himself.

To many, Keith Jackson was one of the voices of their childhood and I am no different. Jackson is also in the National Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame, the NSSA Hall of Fame and the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He said: "I'm a goofy old goat". His coverage of NCAA games, however, gained him the most notoriety, particularly for the colloquial phrases he employed, such as referring to linemen as "big uglies". Every step of the way, he shared his knowledge and his friendship.

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