Or was it?

Recalling the scene for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1999, Mr. Jackson said that because the sideline was crowded with players and officials, “the fact of the matter is, I didn’t see [the punch]. . . . If people go back and listen, I said, ‘Let’s look at the tape and see what happened.’ ”

Mr. Jackson rose above that incident, later winning an Emmy and being inducted into two sportscasting halls of fame. Besides his college football work, he called college and pro basketball games, major league baseball, auto racing and the Summer and Winter Olympics. In 1970, he was the first play-by-play announcer for the “Monday Night Football” NFL broadcast on ABC.

Survivors include his wife, three children and three grandchildren.

“They turned the lights out at halftime,” he told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1999. “I didn’t have the foggiest idea what to do, so I just told stories.”

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