Legendary college football broadcaster Keith Jackson passed away on Friday night, according to Todd Harris of NBC Sports. He was 89.
According to Harris, Jackson, who he called a “mentor and dear friend,” was surrounded by family members at the time of his passing.
Jackson, a former Marine who served in the Cold War, provided the soundtrack to many of college football’s most memorable games, including the 2006 Rose Bowl BCS National Championship between Texas and USC, which served as his final call.
He was also the play-by-play man for the first Monday Night Football game, the World Series, the Summer Olympics, the NBA Finals, the Daytona 500 and numerous other events during a career that spanned 56 years, most notably with ABC Sports.
Jackson’s numerous awards include the Golden Medal Award, the National Football Foundation’s highest honor, the Edward R. Murrow Award for top leaders in the communication industry and the American Football Coaches Association’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, becoming the first sports announcer to receive the honor in 1993.
He has also been inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame, having won National Sportscaster of the Year five consecutive times.
Jackson is survived by his wife, Turi Ann Jackson, as well as his three children and three grandchildren.