A celebration of life for the late sportscaster Keith Jackson will be held Sunday at the Rose Bowl.
Jackson died Jan. 12 at age 89.
The celebration will be open to the public. Gates will open at 3 p.m. with the celebration beginning at 4 p.m. Speakers will include Jackson’s college football broadcasting colleagues — Dan Fouts, Bob Griese, Todd Harris and Lynn Swann — along with Jason Gesser, a quarterback at Jackson’s alma mater, Washington State, and former college football coach Harvey Hyde.
Jackson called the Rose Bowl Game a record 15 times and was selected for the game’s Hall of Fame in 1999. He was credited with dubbing the game, “The Granddaddy of Them All,” a nickname that still resonates. The stadium’s broadcast center was renamed in his honor in 2015. Fundraising is underway for a statue of Jackson outside the stadium.
He received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award from the American Football Coaches Association and he was also named National Sportscaster of the Year five consecutive times, by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Jackson is also in the National Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame, the NSSA Hall of Fame and the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Jackson retired in 2006 after 40 years with ABC.