Keith Jackson, college football's most iconic announcer, passes away at 89

Keith Jackson arrives at 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on Saturday Jan. 25 2014 in Los Angeles Calif

But, Jackson's first true love was college football. His final game before he retired was the 2006 thriller between USC and Texas at the famed game in Pasadena.

Although he was best known for college football, Jackson also covered the NFL and National Basketball Association, the Olympic Games and the World Series.

Jackson's family said he died Friday night. "His influence as a broadcaster of all sports is forever". It was Jackson who proclaimed the Rose Bowl "The Grandaddy of Them All". "Thank you for the lessons KJ".

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In 2015, the Rose Bowl's radio and television facilities were named for Jackson. "When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game". Jackson also called a number of memorable baseball games in the 1970's and 80's.

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

Jackson called some of the most iconic games in college football history. He popularized many catchphrases, most prominently his famous "whoa, Nellie", and is also credited for coining the term "The Big House" for Michigan Stadium. He spent four years in the Marine Corps before attending Washington State and graduating with a broadcast journalism degree. Jackson had a wide-spanning appeal across the college football landscape because he had a deep understanding and appreciation of the sport from multiple angles. He was a five-time National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association National Sportscaster of the Year recipient.

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