Loran Smith pays a visit to the now-retired broadcast icon and gets a mournful sounding quote that sounds like a potential epitaph for the game, at least as we’ve known it:
The memories, however, will always bring about reverent and affectionate recall — those days when he would arrive at the stadium long before anybody else. “I wanted to hear the band rehearse,” he smiled on a recent summer day. “I do miss the pageantry and excitement of college football. I enjoy all of that on television now, but it is not like being there live. But there comes a time to quit, and I knew it was time.”
I’m a little sad that I know how Jackson feels.