Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger says Jackson "was college football" for generations of fans. The greatest games in the Big Ten were carried along by his voice especially the rivalry of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Wolverines of MI.
Nevertheless, his voice will forever be the soundtrack of such memorable contests as the 2006 BCS National Championship Game between USC and Texas as well as the classic duel between rivals Miami and Florida State in 1991, among countless others.
The play-by-play man narrated a range of sports for ABC for more than 40 years, starting in 1966. He was also the play-by-play voice for the first season of ABC's Monday Night Football in 1970. He also announced World Series games, 10 Olympics and traveled to 31 countries, ESPN reported.
The sports world, including Jackson's alma mater, Washington State University, were quick to mourn him. He said: "I'm a goofy old goat". I am grateful for my time with a true legend.
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He had first announced his retirement in 1998 but returned to work.
To many, Keith Jackson was one of the voices of their childhood and I am no different. He also worked as a radio news correspondent during those years.
He was a five-time National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association National Sportscaster of the Year recipient.
Mr. Jackson rose above that incident, later winning an Emmy and being inducted into two sportscasting halls of fame. He was a longtime resident of Sherman Oaks, California.
The sport he is most identified with by far was college football and for years his voice on a telecast meant it was the day's biggest matchup.