On the first Sunday of January, one in which sports fans are usually celebrating, many have been been mourning and sharing their tearful goodbyes. That’s because longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott passed away this morning.
He brought enthusiasm and entertainment to the table, wherever he went. Best known for his enthusiasm and catchfrases, Scott entertained the masses, and made watching highlights more fun than ever before.
Amongst his greatest hits were “He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin’ him to school.”, “You Ain’t Gotta Go Home, But You Gotta Get The Heck Outta Here.”, and, most notably, “As cool as the other side of the pillow”.
Scott’s appeal as the host of ESPN’s NBA coverage, and later Monday Night Football coverage, as well as his roles on ESPN2, garnered him movie cameos in The Longest Yard, He Got Game, and Drumline, amongst others.
Scott was initially diagnosed with cancer in November 2007, after complaining of stomach pain. It went into remission, but returned in 2010. He went back into remission in early 2012, but in early 2013, it returned. As a result, he sat out for most of ESPN’s Monday Night Football schedule as the on-scene host for Monday Night Countdown, and died early Sunday morning.
As a result of his death, many athletes, including Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Barry Sanders, J.J. Watt, James Worthy, and Michael Jordan, left tributes. Even President Obama made a statement, saying:
I will miss Stuart Scott. Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. For much of those twenty years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family –- but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on SportsCenter were there. Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us – with courage and love. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.
Stuart Scott was a role model for many aspiring sports reporters and journalists, and will be dearly missed. There’s not much more to say, since the would of his passing is all too fresh. So, here’s a link to his awe-inspiring July 2014 ESPY speech. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9cSX5XPY70
Scott was 49 years old.