His final game before he retired was the 2006 thriller between USC and Texas at the famed game in Pasadena. Jackson provided the narration for many iconic college football moments from regular season games to bowl games, and always delivered with his signature style that provided the tone of the moment but without letting the moment get buried in his signature voice.
ESPN, the sister Disney company to ABC where Jackson spent much of his career, said the family had confirmed Jackson's death. "Thank you for the lessons KJ". He passed away Friday night, according to multiple reports.
The Rose Bowl named their radio and television spaces after Jackson in 2015.
He also called Woody Hayes' infamous last game in 1978, the Gator Bowl between Clemson and the Buckeyes. Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls. "RIP Keith", Herbstreit wrote. It is Jackson that is largely credited with nicknaming the Rose Bowl "The Granddaddy of Them All". "One of the greatest to ever do it".
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Prior to his career in the media, Jackson spent four years in the U.S. marines before enrolling at Washington State University, where he graduated with a degree in speech communications. He was a five-time National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association National Sportscaster of the Year recipient. "His impact will live on forever".
Jackson will forever be remembered and dearly missed.
He will remembered for that and so much more.