Legendary college football broadcaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

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"For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football", said Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, which owns ABC and ESPN. And if you've heard "whoa nellie" or ever referenced the "big uglies", you can thank Jackson for the popularization of those phrases. Keith was a true gentleman and memorable presence.

But most of us will remember him for his college football broadcasts and that was where Jackson spent the majority of his career.

He joined ABC's college football announcing team in 1966, but also called National Basketball Association games, auto racing and was a staple on ABC's "Wide World of Sports".

He also called Woody Hayes' infamous last game in 1978, the Gator Bowl between Clemson and the Buckeyes.

In a Fox Sports interview in 2013, Jackson said his folksy language stemmed from his rural upbringing in Georgia and he became comfortable with the usage through the years.

He was also the first announcer for Monday Night Football, the landmark ABC program that launched the NFL into prime time in 1970.

Jackson also broadcast for ABC's "Wide World of Sports" and helped cover the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, in which Israeli athletes were killed by members of a Palestinian terrorist movement. Stanford beat Washington State 14-13 in that game. "When I was a boy, we didn't have all this pro stuff", he said in 2009.

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Although versatile, it was college football for which Jackson was best known.

Jackson got his start in broadcasting in 1952, where he called Washington State games for radio.

He had first announced his retirement in 1998 but returned to work. He documented Bear's 315th win to become college football's biggest victor.

To many people, Jackson was a college football broadcaster.

Mr. Jackson rose above that incident, later winning an Emmy and being inducted into two sportscasting halls of fame.

Jackson was a longtime resident of Sherman Oaks, California, and Pender Harbor, British Columbia.

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