Keith Jackson died on Friday night at the age of 89. For more than half a century, Jackson was the voice of college football and his pipes provided the soundtrack for many of the game’s most memorable plays and games. Not only was Jackson the voice of college football, he was also a broadcaster for the NFL on Monday Night Football and called World Series Games, including Reggie Jackson’s three-home run game for the New York Yankees.
For many young sports fans like myself, when you got to hear Jackson’s voice on the telecast, you knew you were about to see a great game with Jackson keeping you company for the next three-plus hours. Whether it was another Ohio State-Michigan game in November or The Granddaddy of Them All, you knew it would be better with Jackson on the call.