Published : Monday, August 5, 2019 | 5:57 AM
Visitors to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena will likely see another new commemorative statue near the stadium’s entry gates – this time in honor of the author of the “Granddaddy of Them All” nickname for the iconic stadium: sportscaster Keith Jackson, who for over 50 years was a symbol of togetherness and inspiration for sports fans across the globe.
The Rose Bowl Operating Company’s Board of Directors will consider finalizing plans for the statue, the third memorial to be erected outside the stadium, during its meeting Monday night.
Just last month, the Rose Bowl unveiled a statue commemorating the soccer victory of the U.S. Women’s National Team against China in 1999. The statue depicts Brandi Chastain moments after her winning penalty kick that won the championship for Team USA, with a bronze relief of the team running behind her to celebrate the victory.
The commemorative statue for Jackie Robinson has been standing near the same spot for years, recognizing his contributions to the City of Pasadena and to the entire nation as an American sports achiever.
The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation has launched an important public appeal to raise funds for what will be the world’s first and only statue in honor of Keith Jackson. The Inspire 2022 campaign intended to raise $400,000 in order to build the statue. Anyone wishing to help can visit https://inspire2022.wedid.it/campaigns/3892.
The RBOC plans to elevate the recommendation to the City Council, once they consider comments and suggestions from the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission.
A possible completion date could be later this year, or early in 2020.
Aside from being the origin of the “Granddaddy of Them All” monicker, Keith Jackson also recorded the soundtrack of many of the biggest moments in college football, the Olympic Games, Wide World of Sports, and the first season of Monday Night Football. From one of Pasadena’s National Historic Landmarks, he called the most Rose Bowl games than any other broadcaster in history.
As a mentor and father figure to some, Keith Jackson was considered a friend by millions watching sports programs from their homes.