RIP Keith Jackson, the Voice of College Football
Keith Jackson passed away last night at the age of 89. He is the most iconic college football announcer of all-time. College Football on television and radio was Keith Jackson. He had memorable calls that could span an entire football field. Part of many New Year’s Day traditions for people were hearing Jackson’s voice at the Rose Bowl. As someone who saw him in his twilight, I remember the USC-Texas game and call like it was yesterday as well as him calling the Miami-Ohio State finale a few years before that.
This is why Keith Jackson was the best, he let the big moments breathe. Understated yet perfect pic.twitter.com/gTtqkPNcfc
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) January 13, 2018
This is his final touchdown of his career. It’s perfect, it’s exactly what you got from him. There’s not going to be another version of him. The ‘Whoa Nellie’ call is iconic, but what you remember is the fact he always knew people were there to watch football, not him. He had such a distant and memorable voice. One of my favorite Brett Favre clips was him doing a Keith Jackson impression to former Packers tight end Keith Jackson.
Rest in peace to the legendary Keith Jackson.
— Deuce Mason (@DeuceMason) January 13, 2018