Ida Mae Astute/ABC/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Keith Jackson, who was often referred to as the voice of college football over the past five decades, died late Friday night, according to his family. He was 89.
Jackson spent more than 50 years as a sports broadcaster. He retired in 2006.
He began calling college football games for ABC Sports after it acquired the broadcast rights for NCAA football in 1966. He also worked NFL and NBA games, 11 World Series and League of Legends, 10 Winter and Summer Olympics, and auto racing. Jackson got his start on the radio in 1952, broadcasting Washington State games.
He was the first play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football in 1970, when the program debuted.
He was credited with nicknaming the Rose Bowl “The Granddaddy of Them All” and Michigan’s stadium “The Big House.”
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