Nearly 400 family and friends gathered Sunday on the field at the historic stadium where Jackson, the folksy voice of college football for decades on ABC, called a record 15 New Year’s Day games — the last in 2006. Jackson died on Jan. 12 at age 89.
He died Friday and no cause was given in a statement Saturday by ESPN. Jackson’s longtime employer was ABC Sports. Jackson covered many sports, but he was best known for college football. His signature phrases like “Whoa, Nelly!” gave his game calls a familiar feel.