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clevestinks
04-27-2006, 11:04 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - Keith Jackson thinks this is the right time for him to retire.

Jackson, widely regarded as the voice of college football, has decided to stop broadcasting games, The New York Times reported Thursday.
"I'm finished with play-by-play forever," he told the newspaper.

Jackson spent some 40 years calling the action in a folksy, down-to-earth manner that made him one of the most popular play-by-play personalities in the business.

He also announced he would retire after the 1998 season, but ended up continuing with ABC Sports. He said this time is different.

"This is the perfect time," Jackson told the newspaper. "I don't want to get back into the pressure cooker of play-by-play and worry about travel. I don't want to die in a stadium parking lot."

Jackson, 77, began calling college football games with ABC in 1966. He also worked NBA, NFL games and the Olympics, but was always best known for college football.

An ABC Sports executive said they tried to keep Jackson, but respect his decision.

BlackNGold203
04-27-2006, 04:27 PM
no way am I dissing this guy..he's a classic....

God Bless him....

"its a FUMBLLLEEEE!!!"


lol...love Keith jackson...

'Whoa Nelly!!"

BB2W
04-27-2006, 05:20 PM
no way am I dissing this guy..he's a classic....
I agree... I liked watching games Jackson called, he was the voice of college football.

He is indeed a classic in my opinion.

Ambridge
04-27-2006, 08:24 PM
Whoa Nellie!!!

Keith Jackson is the absolute King of the college football announcers.
There's no mistaking Keith's voice on a Saturday afternoon.

Have a great retirement, you'll be missed.

3 to be 4
04-27-2006, 09:45 PM
im an old fart. anyone remember Bill Fleming? Bud Wilkinson?

Ohio Steeler
04-28-2006, 08:32 AM
Keith Jackson will be missed by many and I am one

Whoa Nellie!!! will never be the same....

Suitanim
04-29-2006, 01:53 PM
He was the best, but this is a couple years to late.

He was getting to be like Summerville, where he didn't even know what down it was...

BlitzburghRockCity
04-29-2006, 01:55 PM
Whoa Nellie!!!

Keith Jackson is the absolute King of the college football announcers.
There's no mistaking Keith's voice on a Saturday afternoon.

Have a great retirement, you'll be missed.

:iagree: :iagree: Even my wife liked listening to him, that Whoooaaaa Nelli !!!!!!!!!!!! Was just classic !