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This Day in Georgia History

January 04, 1999

Keith Jackson Retired

After broadcasting this evening’s Fiesta Bowl for ABC, Georgia-born Keith Jackson – who has been called the “national voice of college football” – retired. For 31 years, Jackson broadcast college football games for ABC developing one of the most recognized voices in television sports history. Despite his retirement, Jackson returned in 2000 to broadcast a limited number of games–mainly on the West Coast. On April 27, 2006, at age 77, he retired from all football broadcasting.

On Jan. 7, 2010, Jackson made a brief television appearance at the 2010 BCS National Championship Bowl in Pasenda, Calif., where he was given the honor of flipping the coin at the beginning of the game. See Oct. 28 entry for biographical information on Jackson.