I grew up watching Stuart Scott on SportsCenter during the 90’s and 2000’s and I loved his schtick. “Cool as the other side of the pillow” and “He must be butter because he’s on a roll” are two of his catchphrases that stuck with me over the years. He was amazing at what he did and a great inspiration to me as someone wanting to become an energetic on-air personality in journalism.
So, when I heard the news that he had lost his 7-year battle with cancer at the age of 49, I was heartbroken. With his spirit and determination, I thought for sure he was going to beat it. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his two daughters Sydney and Taylor, who must be beside themselves.
Stuart Scott accomplished many things during his lifetime. He covered events for the NBA and NFL, anchored the most popular sports show in history and hosted many ESPY award shows. But, I think his most memorable moment came at the 2014 ESPYs, when he received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award and gave an acceptance speech that inspired everyone to be better human beings. “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” The honesty and rawness of his words was just heart-wrenching, awe-inspiring and remarkable.
Stuart Scott lived his life doing what he loved, surrounded by the people he loved and his actions left an indelible mark on this industry. Ultimately, his light was snuffed out way too soon.
“Any man’s death diminishes me/Because I am involved in mankind/And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls/It tolls for thee.” – John Donne