This morning the sports industry has lost one of the greatest sports anchor, Stuart Scott. After a long battle with cancer, ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott lost his life this morning.
In a statement released by ESPN’s President John Skipper: “ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott. Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set? His energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced.”
Scott began his career with ESPN in 1993 as the anchor of SportsNights which aired on ESPN2. He was also the anchor for Sports Center which focused on the NBA and NFL. Scott also served an anchor for several other shows for the network.
In late 2007, Scott was first diagnosed with cancer and after going to treatment, he went into remission only to rear its ugly head in 2010. Scott never once let the cancer get the best of him. After going into remission for a second time in 2012, the cancer returned again in 2013 and this time it took his life. The fighter inside of him did not let the cancer take control of his life. Scott still managed to continue his work as an anchor for ESPN.
In July 2014, Stuart was the recipient of Jimmy V Award. Scott gave such a powerful speech about he current condition and the surgeries he had prior to attending the Espys. What hits home for me is the fact that despite the many treatments he had, he never gave up. The fighter inside of him would not let he give up. The love for his daughters, Taelor and Sydni, would not allow him to give. Two of my favorite quotes from his is are, “I can’t ever give up, because I cant leave my daughters” and “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
Click here to view Stuart’s acceptance speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl_0ieqSi7Q.
President Obama said in a statement, “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 colleagues 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”.
Stuart Scott is survived by is two daughters, Taelor and Sydni, his sisters Susan and Synthia—and brother, Stephen, as well as his parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Scott Family during this difficult time.