Remembering Stuart Scott: ESPN Announcer Passes Away at 49

Jan 5, 2015 | G-BLOG | 0 comments



Stuart Scott, the longtime “SportsCenter” anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died Sunday at the age of 49. Scott was fighting cancer since being diagnosed in late 2007, but remained dedicated to his craft even as he underwent chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.


On “SportsCenter,” he would punctuate emphatic highlights with “Boo-ya!” or note a slick move as being “as cool as the other side of the pillow.”, two of his nine catchphrases on the Bristol wall of quotes made famous by on-air talents over the years. Scott went on to cover countless major events for the network, including the Super Bowl, NBA finals, World Series and NCAA Tournament. He also interviewed President Barack Obama, joining him for a televised game of one-on-one.


Scott made a point of continuing to live his life — at work and outside of it. “Who engages “in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments?” ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement. “Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set?”


Scott is survived by his parents, siblings and his beloved daughters Taelor and Sydni. As he accepted the award named after former N.C. State coach Jim Valvano, who died of cancer in 1993, Scott spoke about how one wins the battle against cancer…”You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”


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