Keith Jackson, the college football legend and a titan of broadcast television, has died at the age of 89, per his family.
Jackson’s broadcasting career spanned five decades for ABC, and he was the first play-by-play broadcaster for Monday Night Football. Known for his, “Whoa, Nellie!”, Jackson was part of countless memories for college football — and Big Ten — fans.
A favorite memory for many Illini fans, Jackson was on the call for Nick Anderson’s buzzer-beating jumper over Bob Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers.
RIP Keith Jackson. Will be forever remembered as the voice of college football, but Illini fans will remember him for this innnncrrrredible call: pic.twitter.com/ZwB8LbY5Ps— Robert (@ALionEye) January 13, 2018
Here’s Jackson reading Grantland Rice’s poem about Red Grange for FightingIllini.com in 2014, 90 years after Grange’s infamous game versus Michigan.
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