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Jackson linked generations of college football fans

Keith Jackson's unmistakable delivery, anecdotes and wry humor left a lasting impact on generations of college football fans.

Updated: May 4, 2006, 7:46 AM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Keith Jackson announced this week that he has had enough. It took him until he turned 77 years of age to decide that he would rather go fishing than call a college football game for ABC Sports. His unwillingness to stop has been a gift to us all.

It's remarkable that, in an age when nearly every game involving any Tom, Dick and Hairy Dawg who puts on a uniform is televised, having Jackson call your game still meant something. It would pain his sense of modesty to hear it, but he became as ...

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