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Old 09-01-2018, 06:37 PM
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Keith Jackson could do it all. He broadcast different sports on the Olympic Games, was the original play by play man on ABC's Monday Night Football, broadcast on ABC's Wide World Of Sports, and for several years in the 1970's did Major League Baseball when ABC had their "Game Of The Week." He could do it all-and do it with ease. And he did it all in a profession that lasted 52 years.

When you heard his voice on tv, you knew it was a big game. He had a special relationship with the people he worked with. Bob Griese ought to know. Griese played quarterback for the Miami Dolphins for 14 years. Immediately afterward he worked for NBC as a football commentator. When ABC contacted him for being the college football commentator alongside with Jackson, Griese jumped at the chance. And worked with Jackson for many many years.

Without a doubt Keith Jackson was one of the great sports broadcasters in our time.
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Old 09-01-2018, 09:26 PM
Location: Fox Chapel
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I'm a little disappointed I didn't hear any of the talking heads on TV say anything about him. He made the games even more interesting and exciting and never a homer for anyone.
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Old 09-01-2018, 10:23 PM
Location: Stephenville, Texas
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I do vaguely remember hearing about his passing. Sad to hear, I always enjoyed watching the games he called.
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Old 09-04-2018, 12:01 AM
Location: Washington State desert
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Luckily, his calls in big games will live on. I am somewhat surprised ABC hasn't done something special for him in the form of a retrospective...though perhaps they have on ESPN. Not sure.
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Old 12-15-2018, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by TAM88 View Post

Keith Jackson has passed away. He was 89. In my mind he's the greatest college football announcer and one of the best sports announcers of all time. The Rose Bowl was elevated with him calling the game. He made the 3:30 games on ABC a must watch and gave them all a big game feel. Very few announcers are able to establish themselves so well into the sport they called, he was college football.

Whoa Nellie!
He most certainly was!
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