Legendary sportscaster Keith Jackson dies at age 89

Jackson, who retired in 2006, spent some 50 years calling college football action that made him one of the most popular play-by-play personalities in the business.
1:33 | 01/13/18

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We have a passing to report from inside our ABC family. Legendary sportscaster Keith Jackson. Here's ABC's Adrienne Bankert on the man that made that famous phrase "Whoa, Nelly" so famous. Touchdown. Reporter: If there was ever a voice that conjures up the majesty of sports' most memorable moments. Vince yng scores. Reporter: It's Keith Jackson's, the thunderous heartbeat behind college football. College football doesn't exhibit the skills that pro football does, but it's got spirit. Reporter: Jackson embodied that spirit in a down home melodic style with some memorable catchphrases. Whoa, Nelly. The last time Brian Griese ran that far, his dad was chasing him with a stick. Reporter: His more than 50-year career in broadcasting spent covering four world series, ten olympics. Bruce Jenner has got the world record in the decathlon sideways. Reporter: Most of those years reporting for ABC sports starting in 1966. He traveled to 31 countries for "The wide world of sports." It is cowed the Cinderella story. We've had all the romance, now let's find out if he can dance. Reporter: Awarded numerous honors, his greatest legacy will be for all those college games and for the way he delivered joy to every call. His booming and iconic signature never to be forgotten. He made it. Reporter: Adrienne Bankert, ABC news, New York. And Keith Jackson was 89.

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