College football world reacts to news of legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson's death
On Saturday, it was reported that legendary college football broadcaster Keith Jackson had passed away at the age of 89.
As one of the most iconic voices in the history of the sport, it was only fitting that broadcasters and media members took to Twitter to offer their condolences and relive some of Jackson’s greatest moments.
For a broadcaster who spent four decades in the booth, there were plenty to choose from, and Jackson’s impact on the lives of fans and colleagues alike didn’t go unnoticed.
Here are some of the reactions that poured in from across the college football world on Saturday morning:
Just heard the news that everyone’s favorite CFB broadcaster Keith Jackson passed away last night. Can close my eyes and think of so many of his special calls. Thank you Keith for all the memories and the grace in which you provided them. RIP Keith. 🙏🏼 #GOAT
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 13, 2018
Keith Jackson voiced the soundtrack to so many great games of my childhood. He made every game feel like everything was on the line. A broadcasting icon lost.#WhoaNellie
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) January 13, 2018
First Dick Enberg now Keith Jackson. The voices of my youth are falling silent. Thank goodness for YouTube. https://t.co/fCGfUxLbEa
— Scott Rabalais (@RabalaisAdv) January 13, 2018
We are saddened to hear of Keith Jackson's passing.
An absolute icon, he was the Voice of the Rose Bowl and so many #B1G moments.
His calls, including this one, will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/zbE01ZxSfn
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 13, 2018
Really sad to hear that the iconic Keith Jackson died last night. He was the soundtrack to so many of our Saturdays.
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) January 13, 2018
Damnit. Another great one gone. https://t.co/6TWVbWfJ8i
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 13, 2018
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) January 13, 2018
RIP to a broadcasting legend.. No voice will ever sound and feel more like college football than Keith Jackson’s. https://t.co/HzcQwOFAw7
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 13, 2018
#RIP to the legendary Keith Jackson, the voice of college football in my childhood.
Only fitting his final game was the greatest college football game ever played. “4th & 5” pic.twitter.com/XGnPdvWsoo
— Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) January 13, 2018
The voice of college football and so much more has left us. My mentor and dear friend, Keith Jackson passed last night surrounded by his family. Truly one of the greats in the broadcasting industry. I am grateful for my time with a true legend. Thank you for the lessons KJ. pic.twitter.com/SPGIZXrZNA
— Todd Harris (@TheToddHarris) January 13, 2018
The greatest voice to ever call a college football game. The greatest CFB broadcaster of all time. The soundtrack of so many Fall Saturday’s. Keith Jackson, the best ever. https://t.co/4vqOZBDH6W
— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) January 13, 2018
think about how much of the overall aesthetic of college football is tied to keith jackson's voice. he was that important.
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) January 13, 2018
Rest in peace, Keith. You will be missed.