We are very sad to report that iconic ESPN SportsCenter anchor, the beloved Stuart Scott passed away this morning at the age of 49. Stuart succumbed to cancer & the sports community grieves.
Stuart Scott was born in Chicago, but moved to North Carolina as a youth. He went on to play wide receiver & defensive back, as well as do radio at the University of North Carolina. He was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He graduated with a degree in speech communication. From there he began as a sports anchor in Florida.
It was there that he caught the eye of some executives at ESPN. He was hired on in 1993, at the start of ESPN2. He was an instant hit. With his charisma, fresh approach & phrases like “Cool as the other side of the pillow” & his infamous Boo-Yah, Stuart Scott became a popular & very important staple at ESPN.
He worked his way up into SportsCenter, covering the NBA Finals as well as Monday Night Football, the Final Four, & many other sports events with an unforgettable presence. Every sports fan knows Stuart Scott. He was respected by fans & players alike. He even interviewed President Barack Obama.
He was a devoted father to daughters Taelor & Sydni. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. Through the ups & downs of treatment he continued to work & persevere. Last year on his 49th birthday he received the Espy Jimmy V Award Perseverance, stating, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose tho cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, and in the manner in which you live”.
Stuart will be greatly missed, but certainly not forgotten. As a valued member of ESPN & the sports world, he will continue to live on as the witty & unique voice that anchored sports like no other. As a huge sports fan, especially of basketball & football, I will continue to remember him & feel his absence when watching ESPN. It will not be the same. We send our condolences out to his immediate family as well as his family at ESPN. Rest In Peace, Stuart Scott. Boo-Yah!
Below is an official statement from President Barack Obama:
“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 collegues 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.” – President Barack Obama.
Here’s Mr. Stuart Scott Moving ESPYS Speech: