R.I.P. ESPN Sports Center host Stuart Scott.
I may be a day late, but I am moved today to share Tamara Lackey’s incredible portrait of the late Stuart Scott circulating on the web.
Sadly, the extremely popular ESPN Sports Center host passed away this past weekend at age 49.
The words accompanying Lackey’s photo capture what USA Today columnist Nick Schwartz called Scott’s finest moment on television.
Not only has Scott’s passing touched the hearts of millions of sports fans across our nation for the heroic and graceful manner in which he battled cancer over the past few years.
But, Stuart Scott’s poignant words have also inspired millions to live their lives the way the late Sports Center host implored as part of his unforgettable 2014 speech.
“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 you live.”
Scott shared these extraordinary words when receiving the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 22nd 2014 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.
The ESPN award, appropriately named after and unquestionably inspired by, the late Jimmy Valvano is presented each year to a deserving person in sports who has overcome great personal struggles through dogged determination and remarkable individual perseverance.
Other recipients have included NC State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow, former NBA coach George Karl and former Rutgers University football player Eric LeGrand.
All previous winners were worthy of receiving the award.
And, Stuart Scott is no different.
Likeable, trustworthy and uniquely entertaining, Scott was always welcome in our living rooms, bars or public places anytime he reported the scores and stories on ESPN.
We all grew to mimic expressions like “booyah” and “cool as the other side of the pillow” while both admiring and respecting his highly colorful, but always professional delivery.
Sports fans will remember him for the great sportscaster he was, while others will never forget the lasting legacy of the powerful words uttered by the even greater man Stuart Scott grew to become.
R.I.P. ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!