BREAKING: Voice of College Football, Keith Jackson, dies at 89

Definitely not the news you want to wake up to on a Saturday morning. The voice of so many of our favorite college football Saturdays, Keith Jackson, has died at the age of 89.

Jackson was famous for his smooth voice and, “WHOA Nelly,” call. A true legend of the microphone, on who will definitely be missed. One of Jackson’s most famous calls was his dictation of Desmond Howard’s iconic punt return against Ohio State.


FLASHBACK: Hello Heisman! Desmond Howard and Michigan crush Ohio State in 1991

As is customary every season during this week in college football, we reflect on some of the greatest games and moments in the history of “The Game” between Michigan and Ohio State. For the Wolverines, few will be able to top the 1991 edition of the rivalry.

The 1991 Michigan team was among the better years in the history of their program, most certainly in relatively recent history. A big part of what made it special and successful was the senior year carved out by versatile standout Desmond Howard. And perhaps the most iconic moment for Howard and Michigan came against those hated Buckeyes in the season finale.

Howard had himself a field day in that game on November 23 of 1991. He caught three passes for 96 yards, including a 50-yard completion. But the big moment came late in the first half with Michigan up 17-3. Punting to the aforementioned All-American Howard was a no-no for teams but OSU did so anyway. Howard proceeded to then do this.

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Written by AJ Reilly

A.J. is a lifelong baseball fan and an avid storyteller. His debut novel, The Askren Boys, won the Literary Classics Gold Medal and Seal of Approval in November of 2018. When not writing, he is spending time with his wife Jessica, son Jack, daughter Nora, and new arrival Teddy. A.J. lives in Metro Detroit.

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