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Legendary Broadcaster Keith Jackson Passes Away at 89

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The college football world lost a great one.

KEITH JACKSON

The college football world got some sad news today, as iconic play-by-play man Keith Jackson passed away at the age of 89.

Jackson had perhaps the most recognizable voice of any broadcaster in the sport. He is known for his famous favorite catchphrase, “Whoa, Nellie!” and his unique enunciation is still mimicked by fans, particularly the way he said “Al-a-bamaaaaa.”

He carried many Alabama games, routinely working the Iron Bowl and also 16 Sugar Bowls, many of which featured the Tide. Indeed, Keith was in the booth for many of Alabama’s most memorable moments. He also famously interviewed Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant nineteen days before the coach’s retirement.

Below are a few of his famous Alabama calls including my personal favorite, “Teague’s got the ball!”

RIP, Keith.