The sports and entertainment world stood still when news broke of the passing of long time ESPN analyst Stuart Scott at the young age of 49 Sunday morning. Scott was diagnosed with Cancer in 2007 and his recurring bouts with the disease was no secret. The disease never seemed to slow him down though, still working on Sportscenter, taking MMA classes letting the disease know it will never beat him. Stuart Scott first made his ESPN debut helping them launch ESPN 2 in 2003, they immediately knew they had something special in Scott. His ability to flawlessly infuse his catchy phrases into his analysis of sports is what made him so popular among the young crowd. Folks stayed up late just to catch him on Sportscenter so they could hear his famous phrases “Boo-Yah!”, “As cooler than the other side of the pillow” and “He must be the bus driver because he was taken’ him to school”. Stuart touched lives inside and outside of sports, and served as inspiration for future journalists. He saved his best quote for last in his acceptance speech when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at The ESPYS on July’ 16,2014.
When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. “So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you.
Here’s video of the full speech:
We here at The SFPL send our heartfelt condolences to the Scott family and his closest friends. He was a true inspiration to all, he will definitely be missed. Stuart Scott is survived by his daughters Taelor and Sydni and his girlfriend Kristin Spodobalski.
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