Stuart Scott, ESPN anchor, died on Sunday, January 4, after a long battle with cancer.
By Charles Glover
ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott died this morning, January 4, succumbing to the cancer he battled for several years. Scott was 49 and leaves behind two daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said: “Twenty years ago, Stuart ushered in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. I will miss Stuart Scott. Over the years, he entertained us and, in the end, he inspired us with courage and love.”
Scott, who joined ESPN in 1993, will forever be remembered by co-workers and fans alike for his effervescent presence and quick wit on screen, and in particular, for expressions such as “Boo-Yah” and “As cool as the other side of the pillow.” In a touching tribute to Scott that was narrated by his friend and former colleague Robin Roberts, fellow “SportsCenter” anchor Jay Harris, who grew up watching — and hoping to be like — Stuart, spoke out. Harris said “Think about that phrase, ‘As cool as the other side of the pillow.’ It’s a hot, stifling night. You’re having trouble sleeping. But then you think to turn the pillow over, and, wow, it’s cool, and it feels so good. “Well, that’s who Stuart is. He is ‘the other side of pillow,’ the man who made sportscasting cool. God bless whoever it was who thought to rearrange the bedding at ESPN.”
Scott will also be remembered for his generosity and willingness to help others, which has been reflected in an outpouring of grief from former colleagues, athletes and people whom he interviewed during his illustrious career. Ines Bebea, a New York-based freelance journalist recalled meeting the gracious Scott one year at a convention for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). “He was very nice,” she said.
Scott, who graduated from the University of North Carolina, brought the ESPYs to tears on July 16 2014 when he was presented the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance after undergoing more cancer treatment. Accepting the award from Kiefer Sutherland, who stars as counter terrorism agent Jack Bauer in the iconic television thriller “24,” Scott relished the poignancy of the moment, stating that “24” was his favorite television show. Addressing his fight with cancer he said: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live an din the manner in which you live.” He went on to say that “When you get too tired to fight, it’s time to let someone else fight for you.” Scott then called his daughter on stage saying “Daddy needs a hug right now.”
Scott doted on his two daughters and spoke lovingly of them as often as he could. He leaves behind a legacy of warmth, excellence, and triumph. Many who were fortunate enough to get to know him have expressed their condolences and sadness. Former co-host with Scott and current lead anchor at NFL Network, Rich Eisen shared an emotional response upon hearing the news. He summed it up the way many would, “I love you Stuart. Wherever you are, Godspeed.”–OnPointPress.net.