September 12, 2008 |
USC and Ohio State. The Coliseum. A national championship perhaps at stake. ABC, Saturday afternoon, 5 p.m. What more could a college football fan ask for? How about Keith Jackson behind the mike? Unfortunately, those days are history. The 80-year-old Jackson retired almost a decade ago, was lured back, then retired again after the 2006 Rose Bowl and he plans to stay that way. No third acts for him. No more descriptions of rumblin', stumblin', fumblin' players by the venerable voice of the game for four decades, one of the most colorful announcers to ever put on a pair of headphones.
May 1, 2006 |
If Keith Jackson, who announced his retirement from broadcasting last week, has a signature phrase, it's "Whoa, Nellie!" However, Jackson claims he never said it, at least not until Roy Firestone put it into his stand-up act. "My mule was named Pearl," Jackson said. The origin: Reader Jack Rosenberg remembers wrestling announcer Dick Lane saying, "Whoa, Nellie! Don't put your coffee pot on yet, folks."
April 28, 2006 |
Before Keith Jackson's previous retirement, after the 1998 college football season, there were gifts, speeches, news conferences -- a season-long farewell tour. Six months later, offered a schedule of mostly West Coast games, which involved considerably less travel, he decided to unretire. Jackson, 77, has retired again, this time for sure, he says, and this time amid little fanfare.
April 27, 2006 |
When Keith Jackson was preparing to announce this year's Rose Bowl game, the bowl championship series national championship game between Texas and USC, he implied it might be his last. It was. "I'm retired," Jackson said Wednesday night. Jackson retired once before, amid much fanfare, after the 1999 Fiesta Bowl, which was the BCS national championship game that season.
January 5, 2006 |
Four hours, 71 points and seemingly a million Vince Young yards into Wednesday night's Rose Bowl, with Young lining up for the play that would decide the so-hyped "Game of the Century," Keith Jackson took a deep breath and set the stage. "Fourth and five," Jackson said. "I kind of feel like Joe [Paterno]. I'm too old for this."
December 30, 2005 |
When a visitor arrived at the two-story hillside home in Sherman Oaks, Keith Jackson had already opened a bottle of his best Sonoma Valley merlot and set out two wine glasses. On the coffee table in the living room was a plate of wife Turi Ann Jackson's homemade cookies. Jackson, besides being a legendary broadcaster commonly referred to as "Mr. College Football," is also a pretty darn good host.