Keith Jackson, a Legendary Voice of College Football, Dead at Age 89

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TheVictoryBell's picture

RIP! He was an absolute legend. Keith Jackson was like a poet that got you fired up for the game. There will never be another like him. 

"It's called the Horseshoe, down by the Olentangy. It's home to the Buckeyes." 

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Chris Lauderback's picture

That's a great one. Loved when he'd describe the Shoe as being on the "muddy banks of the Olentanggggy". 

Also, as much as it sucked for us Buckeye fans, his description of Desmond's punt return was sick. "Goodbye... Hello Heisman".

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Loved loved loved that...... The Buckeyes from OOOOoooohio State and the always awesome... the banks of the Oooooooolentanggggy.  Priceless!  R.I.P. Keith

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Hovenaut's picture

Well said, TVB.

There's not another voice for college football, Ohio State football, I'd choose over Keith Jackson.

RIP.

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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0H-10's picture

Echo this Hove! I never listened to the Buckeyes on the radio much, so Jackson epitomized those great calls in those great matches between those great teams of my past...Rest in peace, indeed!

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Buckloving's picture

He didn't like Ohio State and he absolutely hated Woody. You couldn't even listen to him back in the day

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0H-10's picture

That's not what I remember BL.

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Buckloving's picture

We remember what we want. It's documented. It's not my "opinion "

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MDBuckeye23's picture

Al Michaels during the tribute to him in the NFC divisional game quoted the "granddaddy of em all" and "onnnn the banks of the Olentangy!" Personally, nothing was better than when he got jacked up for LennnnnDale HHHWhite! - RIP Legend!

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NHBuckeye's picture

Oh no!   One of my all time favorites. RIP Keith.  

Fields of Dreams

 

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Kangarooman's picture

Probably the last announcer I know of that everyone seemed to agree was great at what he did. Classic voice. RIP

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MDBuckeye23's picture

Fowler and Al Michaels are on that list too, but yes, few and far between, and few maybe be equal, but none did it better 

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CC's picture

I don’t think Fowler is good much less in the universally loved category like Jackson.

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

RIP. His voice is part of many of my childhood memories. 

Feed the trolls

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JJBuckeye's picture

TBDBITL = The Best Dam Broadcaster In The Land. 

GOAT

Go Bucks

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mathandler1's picture

Rip.heaven has just gained the greatest sportscaster ever.I just loved listening to him.

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THE's picture

Agreed. For me it’s without a doubt Keith Jackson...and then everyone else. He far and away my favorite and his sounds just meant a big, classic game. Grew up with Keith. 

RIP.

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

The voice of college football (not Brent for you younger folks). Actually if you’re a little older you remember him announcing great games in the 1970s. By the late 90s he was in the twilight of his career. His classic “whoa Nellie” will never be forgotten. The world of sports is a little darker with his passing.

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Calgarybuck's picture

I’ll forever miss the days Keith/Brent and John Saunders in studio, not the time, but I doubt we see a trio like that again 

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Homey1970's picture

Showing my age but I believe they’re all gone now.  The titans.  Summerall, Enberg and now Jackson.  Sad day.

Edt:  Al Michaels may be in that discussion.  

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

Curt Gowdy probably belongs in that group as well.  Among other things, he was the voice of the Olympics, back when they were still a thing.

Keith Jackson was the GOAT.  

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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Homey1970's picture

I thought about Gowdy but his impact was felt a little before my time. 

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

Yes, he was probably big back in my formative/impressionable years.  I remember he also did fishing shows, which were also a thing back then (The American Sportsman maybe?)  

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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BuckInNashville's picture

Yeah -Curt Gowdy was the voice of the AFL and Super Bowl III. Ray Scott was another one who did Notre Dame on Saturdays and then the Packers on Sunday. 

Keith had a great call when there was a fumble - simply a high pitched “fumbaaaal”!

His voice reminds me of the days when it was USC / Notre Dame / Penn State / Texas / Fla / Fla State / Miami in the national championship spotlight every year. (  Tressel put us in the conversation, and Urban has us in contention annually). Now the voices who bring us these games are Fowler, Herbstreit, Nessler, and Blackledge. I wonder if they will be as iconic for our kids and their kids down the road.

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buckeyedude's picture

Sad. Although I think he kind of hated on Ohio State, I still fondly associate him with the voice of the Rose Bowl and ABC's "Wild World of Sports" and "the agony of defeat."

Whoa Nellie!

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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mr.green's picture

I believe that was Jim McKay on WWoS. Another great voice. 

Never thought Jackson had anything against OSU. 

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0H-10's picture

That is correct, Mr. Green.

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buckeyedude's picture

He was buds Bob Greise, who's son played QB for Michigan. I heard him unapologettically make negative comments about OSU, occasionally. I think that he thought UM got shafted in 1973 when Ohio State went to the Rose Bowl instead of UM. He was no fan of Jim Tressel.

I think you may be right about WWoS.

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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Buckloving's picture

Most of these people commenting were too young to even remember that. I am not. I hated him

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buckzilla1's picture

You are correct sir. As a youngin watching the rose bowl, he was the first sportscaster i remember ever unabashedly routing against my buckeyes. As a kid i wondered why would anyone do that?Everyone loves Ohio State. 1997 Rose Bowl showed that Brent Musberger loved Jake the snake and well, we won the game. All that being said, RIP Mr. Jackson, the dash between your years was certainly a life well lived.

Hey Cancer! This ass kicking is brought to you by the Sultan of the sythe. Give it hell CalPoppy.

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Buckloving's picture

I remember it well and while I'm an old man now and that doesn't bother me it bothered the hell out of me as a kid. Young people don't know. They were raised with 200 channels with people saying everything thing imaginable. We grew up with 3 channels and neutral broadcasters were the norm and were expected

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MightyMac63's picture

His call on Terry Glenn's 82 yard TD catch and run against ND back in 1995..

"This is Terry Glenn, it now a footrace!" (No Way)

"He..is..on..his..way..for a touchdown!"

The call he made on the final play of the 2003 NC game against Miami. And of course his "Whoa Nellie!" trademark call. That and so many more

Watching College Football with Keith doing the play by play was fun. You will be sorely missed. 

"Just remember one thing. I can do your job, but you can't do mine." - Woody Hayes to an OSU professor

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buckeyenut74's picture

Terry Glenn’s is my favorite

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BuckeyeBoiler's picture

His call of the 2002 National Championship game is a great memory.  He will be missed - my all time favorite.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I know folks down here disagree, but to me Keith Jackson is the GOAT. I loved hearing him call games and was very disappointed when he stepped away from the booth. Rest In Peace Keith, you will always be synonymous with the greatest sport in the world.

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing." - Abraham Lincoln

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

The Morgan Freeman of College football,wasn't a better narrator of the game.

23 Saturdays till kickoff

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Did not expect to log in and see this.

Sad sad day. RIP

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

I Believe In Ohio State.

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unknownmusketeer's picture

The Granddaddy of them all. The voice of the Rose Bowl. 

RIP

He and Vin Scully we’re close friends. 

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BayCountyBuck's picture

Rest peacefully KJ, a sports broadcasting artist whose canvas was college football. He made many memorable calls but his days on ABC doing The Game or the Rose Bowl are the ones I’ll most remember. 

When I was 6 I was thinking about this rivalry. This one is seared on your soul, It's ingrained through every part of your body. -Urban Meyer

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Cruiser79's picture

RIP Mr. Jackson! 

Cruiser79

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

It's too bad that there aren't any like him left covering our beloved sport. An absolute legend. 

Rest in Peace. 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Many Saturdays from my childhood into adulthood were graced with his voice on the call. Great memories.

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okiebuck's picture

The GOAT broadcaster of college football; period; rest well Keith Jackson.

The only hard day was yesterday

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Seattle Linga's picture

So many great memories with this guy. 

He will be missed by millions

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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labuck's picture

Sad day. One of the best and like so many above mentioned a lot of childhood memories tied to his games. He was missed when he left the booth and now missed again. RIP

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buckeyefan67's picture

RIP Mr. Jackson.  Yet another loss of a great broadcaster/actor/actress from a different time.  Geez, I am beginning to feel really old right now. 

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lamplighter's picture

RIP Mr. Jackson.  Sport broadcasting legend.

Echoing the above, there are almost no classic voices left

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NYWoodyFan's picture

No one framed a big game better than Keith Jackson, he conveyed the excitement and passion of college football like no other.  The moment you heard his voice opening the telecast, your pulse would race and the adrenaline would flow, and you were ready to suit up yourself. 

Gus Johnson is the only one who comes close to weaving Jackson’s magic. 

Matt

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0H-10's picture

I had not thought of it like that, but you are right about Gus.

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JTFor President2016's picture

Gus does give that feel now. I love Gus, but Jackson still owns him in one category. Jackson didn’t need a make a big moment sound huge. For example, Jackson’s “hold the phone, there’s a flag and it might be on Miami. Yep” was the perfect call. Instead of “oh my good lord! There is a flag on the field. This game is not over. Can you believe it!!”

Again I love Gus, the point I’m making is that no one can top KJ when it comes to how perfectly he walked the line of no enthusiasm (Joe Buck) and too much ethusiasm (McDonough) I mean think of the biggest moments he called. They were all quick one line sentences said in the perfect tone. “He’s got it!” “The buckeyes win it” Even as much as it hurts “Hello Heisman” might be one of he best calls I’ve ever heard. It was perfect. 

Elliott dots the eye, on this national championship win. 

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Silver Sniper's picture

Just a matter of opinion. I know what you're saying and his voice was second to none, but I prefer Gus' energy and his one liners. 

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BuckeyeMike74's picture

His voice was synonymous with college football for so long.  RIP Keith and thanks for the memories!

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airbuckeye's picture

This was the last thing I expected to see when I got on here. College Football just lost another Legend in the Broadcast Booth  and Homey I agree with you because I remember every those Men. I know a lot of people will not agree we me when I say but I was kind of upset when Howard Cosell and Dandy Dawn passed away. I know they both did NFL Games and most everyone I know could not Stand Howard but I for some enjoyed listening to him. Maybe because of him and Muhammad Ali lol I loved hearing Muhammad go . And Dandy Was one of a few Dallas Cowboys I watched growing up that was why I became a Cowboy fan...RIP Mr Jackson you will be Missed and Remembered by those who enjoyed hearing The Voice that was  This was the last thing I expected to see when I got on here. College Football just lost another Legend in the Broadcast Booth  and Homey I agree with you because I remember every those Men. I know a lot of people will not agree we me when I say but I was kind of upset when Howard Cosell and Dandy Dawn passed away. I know they both did NFL Games and most everyone I know could not Stand Howard but I for some enjoyed listening to him. Maybe because of him and Muhammad Ali lol I loved hearing Muhammad go . And Dandy Was one of a few Dallas Cowboys I watched growing up that was why I became a Cowboy fan...RIP Mr Jackson you will be Missed and Remembered by those who enjoyed hearing The Voice that was  with ABC Sports with ABC Sports.....

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0H-10's picture

You double and tripled pasted your thoughts Air but I know what you mean...sad day for college football and sports in general.

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Montana silver bullet's picture

Whoa Nellie is branded in to my brain and he is the GOAT!  No question, the voice of college football for folks my age. RIP Kieth 

Montana Silver Bullet

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bigbadbuck's picture

The blazing light of college football just got a slight bit dimmer.........R.I.P. Mr Jackson.....You will be forever missed...............<3

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Theres a commercial (dont remember what it was for) from the 80s of KJ introducing a couple at a wedding like a college football intro:

"The bride is a 5-foot-3 debutante from Alllllabamma!"

That commercial epitomized what KJ meant to not only CFB but America as well, he could turn anything into an exciting affair. RIP Mr. Jackson.

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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You can&#039;t spell chump without UM's picture

"Dorsey, under pressure, throws itttt.... Incomplete! The Buckeyes win!"

Don Brown must've attended night school, because he got owned by Day.

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Poco Loco's picture

The two best Ohio State football announcers of my life time are now gone. Keith Jackson on TV and Edward Britt "Ted" Husing on radio.

Unlike so many others, neither was in love with his own voice, was pleasing to listen to, and had a way with words.

a hard rock miner from Butte, Montana

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Rocket Man's picture

He was a great one and will be missed

"Luck is my middle name. Mind you, my first name is Bad."

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Prickly_Pete's picture

He was my favorite announcer. I'm sad he's gone. I have a lot of great memories listening to his calls when I was a kid.

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LessScarletMoreGray's picture

I would love to say, "Rest easy, Keith, there's a new guy in town," but there isn't. Sadly. 

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Amen

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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KBonay's picture

He was ‘the Grandaddy of them all’

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buckeyeinWI's picture

he was 'the greatest'...

RIP Keith, you will be missed..

GO BUCKEYES!

16-2 is SWEET!

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nickel beer's picture

"Bob Griese used it more than I did. I don't know how that thing got hung on me. The media likes to hang things on you and that was my bad luck, I guess.

His best years in the booth were by far, with BG.  And I listened to a lot cfb from ____ onward, and I hear him, not BG.  Never heard him trying to hang it on BG.  Made me laugh, thanks. 

One thing I recall was that when he was asked about Woody he refrained from expressing an opinion, saying something to the effect that he'd not really known or met him.  It might've been soon after or within the context of recalling that dm gator bowl meltdown.  I thought that was politic of him, regardless of what he thought....  Times have changed.  But, for me, he'll be the voice of cfb. 

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EddieGalloway's picture

KJ = Goat... The voice of college football for me. I will never forget him saying after the 02 Championship game  "Rest easy Woody theres a new sheriff in town". Simply the best!

"Rest easy Woody theres a new sheriff in town"

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jmmysms's picture

As others have stated, one the best. RIP

Another piece of my history was lost today.

JSMS

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Crumb's picture

I can't think of him without thinking of that win against Miami. As painful as Dan Fouts was that night, Keith Jackson was golden and at his best. I think after Fouts debacle in the first OT a producer or somebody told him to shut up and let Keith work and boy did he. That impossible goal line stand is forever in my memory with him. 

One part that wasn't in these clips was that after it was over he said about Tressel; "Rest easy, Woody. A new man has arrived."

Rest easy Keith, the broke the mold for you. 

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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InUrbanWeTrust34's picture

Wow... I grew up in the 90's so hearing Keith on a call, you knew it was either THE GAME or one for all the marbles.  Hearing him call a game was always a treat.  Thank you Mr. Jackson.

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rkylet83's picture

My favorite announcer of all time.  Rest In Peace.  Thanks for all of the great memories.  

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BHokesmanjugs's picture

Some people are important to you even though you have never met them!  RIP you ol Haus. 

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TMac's picture

Rest in Peace, Mr. Jackson. The young people will never know what it was to have just one college game on at a time, and Keith Jackson was usually calling the biggest game. He was the voice of college football for so many. Thank you for so many wonderful memories.

ONE Not Done!

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nickp's picture

Keith Jackson one of the greatest sports announcers of my time for sure

Nickp

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Let&#039;s Party Columbus's picture

I know taste is subjective, but I think many of today's broadcasters could take a lesson from this man's style. He added a dimension to every game that I just couldn't put my finger on. His voice, his style, his phrases all exuded a knowledge and love of the game that was infectious. He could entertain the rabid fan while keeping casual fans interested. I enjoyed every game I ever watched that he was broadcasting regardless of who was playing.

Your goals are constantly revised according to circumstance, but your purpose, your real reason for being , that supersedes everything.
- Jim Tressel

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LABuckeye's picture

While I can’t fathom not loving college football, the experience of watching it on television has never been the same since he retired. He will always be the voice of the big game.

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gutterwaste's picture

Best ever.  The comparison to Scully is apt.  Both knew how to add to a moment without trying to take it over.  The only dude close is Doc Emrick calling hockey games.  Games are just better with guys like that on the call

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BuckInNashville's picture

I know that many will disagree , but Brent Musberger has meant a lot to my son and me as we’ve tuned into games to hear  “you are looking live ...”.  Keith was THE most precise, sharp  and professional.  AND Brent was the most entertaining to us - he added a whole dimension of fun to the games as we awaited his comments in critical points of games. There was always the possibility of an iconic moment and quote with Brent in the booth. 

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Tears. RIP to the GOAT.

SCPO, USN (ret)

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Rest in peace good man. Heaven and the broadcast booth is probably comparable.

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Buckifan4Life's picture

What a life!!! The football gods must be truly humbled. Rest in peace...

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SOULBUCK's picture

For many CF fans around the country his was the voice that forged our love for this game...RIP

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

He was Thee best. Loved when he said of an upcoming big game "it's gonna be a real barnburner".

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TheMinnesotaBuckeye's picture

In the Miami intro:

"...down by the banks of the Olentangy..."

chills

RIP

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40 Degrees North's picture

Keith Jackson made the Olentangy River known to the world. Should be a plaque on the banks of the Olentangy to commemorate it.

RIP to the Voice of College Football.

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Turfgrad's picture

Rest in Peace.  He had the most recognizable voice in all of sports.  At any level of volume, it was clear and enthusiastic.

"I think Alabama would beat Ohio State if they played next weekend!" Clay Travis Fox Sports Post Championship Show 1.12.2015.  Needs no explanation.

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letsgobucks's picture

One of the best to ever do it... RIP Keith!

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aboynamedtracy's picture

Color me melancholy. No one ever did it better.

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allbucksallthetime's picture

Back when televised games were not the norm, the wait all week for those television games and Keith Jackson made college football larger than life for me.  Keith Jackson's work will always be the benchmark for excellence.  May he RIP.

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40 Degrees North's picture

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TGsYx7sCXjs

1991 Ohio State-Indiana hoops. Keith Jackson and Dick Vitale on the call.

31:00 and 54:00 points are the big plays.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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cdub4's picture

RIP Keith. The best to ever do it, no one comes close IMO.

I always hated Brent Musberger.

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NYWoodyFan's picture

Wow. That introduction to the Ohio State-Michigan game in 2003. Poetic, nostalgic, majestic, legendary. Listening to that encapsulates everything we have missed about him, irreplaceable. 

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BuckeyesFTW's picture

Man. Left out one of his best Buckeye calls ever. Loudmouth Notre Dame weasel Regis is the funniest part of the clip in first 30 seconds putting the curse on his Irish. "We got a lock on it, we're gonna win!" Then smooth Keith takes right over and a simple call that still sends chills up and down my spine. RIP Keith. RIP Terry. 

It's a Dawg Eat Dawg world and I'm wearing Milkbone underwear - Norm Peterson

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buknut's picture

Of all the tv college football announcers in my lifetime (59) there is Keith Jackson and then the rest of the field. 

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TJG32's picture

Will miss his voice and descriptive calls. Whoa Nellie!  RIP. 

TG Proud Buckeye alumnus.

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Ahh Saturday's picture

For me, Keith Jackson's voice will always be a part of the essence of a crisp, autumn afternoon of Saturday football. The best I ever heard.

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DonnyBuckeye's picture

Loved...LOVED...listening to Keith Jackson.  Tough to lose both Keith AND Dick Enberg within the course of a month or so.  They were the Greatest of All Time, IMHO, at doing live sporting events for the masses.  May both Rest In Peace.  Thankful they shared their talents during my lifetime.

Oh Nellie!  Oh, my!  Thanks for the memories...

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DonnyBuckeye's picture

Loved...LOVED...listening to Keith Jackson.  Tough to lose both Keith AND Dick Enberg within the course of a month or so.  They were the Greatest of All Time, IMHO, at doing live sporting events for the masses.  May both Rest In Peace.  Thankful they shared their talents during my lifetime.

Oh Nellie!  Oh, my!  Thanks for the memories...

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BuckShotGinn's picture

Keith would have loved our Slobs this year:  "The Big Uglies"

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Earle's picture

GOAT

Axe leukemia!
#Poppystrong

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BBQ_Fan's picture

"They're a rockin' and a sockin'...."   That's my memory. What a great.

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Kilo's picture

I just got goosebumps listening to his voice again. Wow!!! His personality was awesome.

OH-IO!!!

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clevelandfan1's picture

How could Eleven Warriors show KJ highlights and not show, "Holy Buckeye!"

The guy was the best ever.

Love the Buckeyes

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Holy Buckeye was Musburger.

Don Brown must've attended night school, because he got owned by Day.

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