Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson passed away Friday night at age 89, and ESPN has announced a way to honor college football’s signature voice.
The Worldwide Leader announced it will show a marathon this weekend of famous games that Jackson called, finishing with the classic 2006 Rose Bowl that saw Texas defeat USC thanks to a Vince Young touchdown run in the waning seconds.
Here’s the schedule:
ESPN will pay tribute to Keith Jackson with 16 hrs of programming today/tomorrow on ESPN Classic and @ESPNU. Here are his signature games that will be featured and the on-air graphic that's planned. pic.twitter.com/UJQ9LeZ7kd
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) January 13, 2018
It’s 16 hours of programming in total, including two games being repeated on Sunday.
Jackson’s career started in the early 1950s and he worked in college football all the way until the mid-2000s. He became known for calling the best game of the week, and is considered by many to be the voice of college football.
“For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football,” Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a true gentleman and a memorable presence. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Turi Ann, and his family.”
Jackson called 15 Rose Bowls and 16 Sugar Bowls in his legendary career, finishing with Young’s run to the end zone vs. USC in 2006.
Here’s the call:
Here’s a more comprehensive library of Jackson’s famous SEC calls, which spanned over several decades.