From the mid-1960s to the mid-2000s, Keith Jackson was an iconic voice in the college football world.
The ABC broadcaster announced an impressive 16 Sugar Bowls and 15 Rose Bowls during his long and storied career, during which his catchphrases like “Whoa, Nellie!” and “Hold the phone!” became familiar in households across America.
On Saturday morning, sadly, it was reported that Jackson had passed away at the age of 89, surrounded by friends and family:
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
The voice of college football and so much more has left us. My mentor and dear friend, Keith Jackson passed last night surrounded by his family. Truly one of the greats in the broadcasting industry. I am grateful for my time with a true legend. Thank you for the lessons KJ. pic.twitter.com/SPGIZXrZNA
— Todd Harris (@TheToddHarris) January 13, 2018
The Rose Bowl’s TV and radio booths are named in Jackson’s honor, and he’s a member of the Rose Bowl’s Hall of Fame.
Multiple generations of college football fans grew up listening to Jackson’s broadcasts, and he’ll be missed by his colleagues and fans alike.
Rest in peace, Keith, and thanks for all the great memories.
Source: Saturday Down South