Stuart Scott was a longtime ESPN and SportsCenter anchor and sportscaster. In 2007, Scott learned that his appendix was cancerous. Scott was diagnosed again in 2011 and 2013.
Scott began his career at ESPN in 1991. Over the course of his 21 years at ESPN, Scott worked alongside many personalities. One including Rich Eisen.
Eisen and Scott became the best of friends. On Sunday, January 4th, 2014, Eisen gave a very emotional farewell to his longtime friend and co-worker. “Pray for Stuart. And his family,” Eisen said. “… Pray for everybody who he loved. And that includes you, the sports fans. Even those who hated on him. He thrived on it. That’s ‘cause he is who he is and was — I can’t believe it’s past tense — who he was.”
Scott was honored with the Jimmy V award during the 2014 ESPY awards and gave a speech that touched and inspired the hearts of many. One part of Scott’s speech in particular stuck out. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.” Stuart continued “So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight lay down and let somebody else fight for you.”
Scott left behind two daughters Taelor and Sydni. Sydni was in attendee during the ESPY awards. During his speech Scott spoke about his two daughters. Concluding the speech Scott brought his youngest daughter up on stage saying “My littelest angel is here tonight. My fourteen year old. Sydni, come up here and give your dad a hug, because I need one.” jerking many tears from audiences all over the world.
Scott concluded his speech thanking ESPN and The ESPYs saying ” Have a great rest of your night and a great rest of your life.
R.I.P Stuart Scott 1965-2015