It was college football, though, that set him apart. Every time Jackson exclaimed, "Whoa, Nellie!" you knew it was game on while you huddled under a blanket in the living room or crowded on a basement couch.
Jackson's insistence that a broadcaster should be subservient to the action on the field was underscored throughout his career. He didn't need to. "I don't know Dave's parents, but someone raised him very well".
"Some people become the voice of the sport through their expertise, which Keith certainly had".
The only thing that would have made it more ideal was a blitzing Michael Stonebreaker. Ufer would honk a horn when MI scored, referred to hated Ohio State coach Woody Hayes as "Dr. StrangeHayes", and, well, you get the picture.More news: Watford 2-2 Southampton
"Good lord, the passion that must be running through (broadcasters) veins", Jackson said.
Jackson picked up his best-known saying from his great-grandfather. He also called NBA, MLB and college basketball games.
Over the years, listening to Jackson call a game was more and more like having someone tell us a story, and we could not wait to hear what happened next.
"I live by what my grandfather once told me about awards", Jackson said.
When Jackson was behind the mic, the game was a big deal. "He put out his hand to Turi and said, 'You must be Nellie'". It's fair to wonder if his relationship with college football is the most synonymous of any announcer and sport in American television history.
"You've about lost me, partner", Griese said before collapsing into the arms of his wife. "You let it seep into you".More news: Fiat Chrysler to invest over $1 billion in Ram Truck plant
Jackson, whose career spanned nearly 60 years in broadcasting, covered a wide variety of sports.
Canada held a special place in Jackson's heart. "And that was one of the things that I most admired about him". He raved about it as a personal sanctuary.
In Jackson-speak, a talented player was a "hoss" and an even more talented player was a "hoss and a half".
Furthermore, early last decade was when the BCS - the Bowl Championship Series - rose as the first two-team national playoff of sorts in college football. He is best known for calling college football and his signature phase, "Whoa, Nellie!".
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I did all of that, in front screaming fans in the Coliseum and in the Big House and in the Orange Bowl, without ever leaving my backyard. "But it's nearly as if the good Lord created that voice, which sounds like what red clay ought to sound like if it could talk, to be the flawless voice for college football", Davis told the AP.