“When anchor Hannah Storm announced during the 9 a.m. hour of ‘SportsCenter’ that longtime ESPN personality Stuart Scott had died Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer, her poignant words, delivered while fighting back tears, were the first confirmation his colleagues were not prepared to say goodbye even as the network had prepared a goodbye,” writes Chad Finn in the Boston Globe.
The story continues, “ ‘Those of us here at ESPN fortunate enough to work with Stuart saw how he lived,’ said Storm. ‘And in the past seven years, as he fought cancer, we saw why he lived. For his daughters, Taelor and Sydni. And so today we choose not to say that Stuart lost to cancer at the age of 49. Instead, we’ll simply say we all lost Stuart.’”
And there is this, from the ESPN website: “Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man — from his signature ‘Boo-Yah!’ to ‘As cool as the other side of the pillow’ to ‘He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin’ him to school.’
“That man is Stuart Scott, and his contributions to the sports lexicon are writ large. But they are only one aspect of his legacy. When he passed away, he left behind so much more. He inspired his colleagues with his sheer talent, his work ethic and his devotion to his daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15. He defied convention and criticism to help bring this network into a new century. He spoke to the very athletes he was talking about with a flair and a style that ESPN president John Skipper says, ‘changed everything.’
” ‘He didn’t just push the envelope,’ says sports radio host and former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick. ‘He bulldozed the envelope.’”
To read more about Scott, please click on the links in the item above, which will take you to the orginal articles.
Stuart Scott on ESPN’s SportsCenter