Keith Jackson, best known as ABC's college football announcer, but he also covered baseball for ABC in the 1970s, is retiring.
Appparently for good, according to the New York Times.
I'm finished with play-by-play forever," Jackson said yesterday by telephone from his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. "I'm going out to learn to be a senior citizen and find a president I can vote for and believe in." He added, "I'm not angry, I'm just going off like an old man and sitting by the creek."
Jackson is 77 and last year age-related issues, such as his artificial knees as well as eyesight probems, seemed to make him quite cranky on broadcasts. His final game, the 2006 Rose Bowl epic between USC and Texas, was good enough of a game to disguise some gaffes with misidentified players and getting the score wrong.
Aside from that, we should remember the extensive body of Jackson's work, which almost of all it was high quality.
And I have a feeling that Jackson will still be on the air in Gatorade commercials.