Keith Jackson died last night. He was 89 years old and, if you ask around, probably the most well-known college football broadcaster of all time. He hadn’t called a game on TV since the Rose Bowl featuring Texas and USC on January 4, 2006, which coincidentally turned out to be one of the great games of all time. Even with over twelve years absent from the broadcast booth, he was never really absent from college football’s collective heart.
We say things because he said things. His list of phrases and Jacksonisms will always be imitated, never duplicated, because he alone could put the syrupy deep charm that only a young boy from Carrollton, Georgia could cultivate. “Whoa Nellie”, “Hold the phone”, “Fumblllllllllle”, and many others were staples on a college football Saturday.
He’s the Humphrey Bogart of his realm.

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