Sad news to report today as we’ve learned that broadcasting legend and one of the most well-known voices of college football, Keith Jackson, has died at the age of 89.
Keith Jackson, the voice of college football, passed away last night at the age of 89. RIP to the GOAT. pic.twitter.com/38G2v0yTJa
— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 13, 2018
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 13, 2018
Jackson’s legion of colleagues and fans weighed in after news of his passing, and he will be fondly remembered by sports fans everywhere:
This was Keith Jackson’s intro to the 100th game between Ohio State and Michigan in 2003. Still gives me chills. pic.twitter.com/DmfGemnhoY
— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) January 13, 2018
Just heard the news that everyone’s favorite CFB broadcaster Keith Jackson passed away last night. Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls. Thank you Keith for all the memories and the grace in which you provided them. RIP Keith. 🙏🏼 #GOAT
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 13, 2018
From calling @UMichFootball Bo years to the ‘97 national championship in @rosebowlgame to @Yankees Chris Chambliss’ walkoff HR in the 1976 ALCS, Keith Jackson was the voice of so many incredible sports moments for me. I’m heartbroken to hear of his passing.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 13, 2018
THE voice of college football and one of the most iconic voices of all time, RIP Keith Jackson. Thank you for all of the incredible Saturday’s.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 13, 2018
'4th and 5' — Keith Jackson's final call (via trivinity/YouTube) pic.twitter.com/7bgGJrdkao
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 13, 2018
#RIP to the legendary Keith Jackson, the voice of college football in my childhood. Only fitting his final game was the greatest college football game ever played. “4th & 5” pic.twitter.com/XGnPdvWsoo
— Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) January 13, 2018
Keith Jackson introduces The Third Saturday in October. pic.twitter.com/ZLmpS9skg8
— Dan Harralson (@danharralson) January 13, 2018
Really sad to hear that the iconic Keith Jackson died last night. He was the soundtrack to so many of our Saturdays.
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) January 13, 2018
Whoa Nellie – Heaven is getting a great one. The great Keith Jackson has died. Rest in peace Keith. Thank you for so much. Prayers. pic.twitter.com/lB1tju13Ac
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) January 13, 2018
Whoa Nellie! RIP Keith Jackson. One of the greats.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) January 13, 2018
I remember exactly one Keith Jackson football game. Michigan was playing. As they were lining up in formation, the camera zoomed in on a Michigan offensive lineman’s rear end. Keith in mid-sentence lost his train of thought then just said “that’s a big butt.”
— Matt Sussman 🥌 (@suss2hyphens) January 13, 2018
— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 13, 2018
Dick Enberg and Keith Jackson less than one month apart. Damn it.
— Brendan Stiles (@thebstiles) January 13, 2018
We are saddened to hear of Keith Jackson's passing. An absolute icon, he was the Voice of the Rose Bowl and so many #B1G moments. His calls, including this one, will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/zbE01ZxSfn
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 13, 2018
Keith Jackson’s Voice on Saturday afternoons in the fall, nothing better. #RIPIP
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) January 13, 2018
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) January 13, 2018
Wow, #RIP Keith Jackson. As far as 10 year old me was concerned, he WAS college football. Games that he called were somehow a bigger deal BECAUSE he was calling them. I'll always remember him the most as the voice of the Rose Bowl. #NCAA
— Jeff Mackey (@JMackey0718) January 13, 2018
He was the face and voice of College Football I grew up with. He made every game sound so big. Rest In Peace Keith Jackson. #whoanellie
— HUGE (@Hugeshow) January 13, 2018