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A Few Thoughts About Stuart Scott

January 5, 2015

StuAs you’ve, probably, already heard, long-time ESPN anchor and talent Stuart Scott passed away, after a seven-plus year battle with cancer, on Sunday morning, January 4, 2015, at the age of 49.

While many people think of Stu as the “Boo-Yah” guy or as the ESPN anchor who coined the phrase “as cool as the other side of the pillow”, he was much more than a television personality. He was, first and foremost, a father and, then, a friend to many as well as the consummate professional in all he undertook.

While we weren’t “friends”, I knew Stu. Our paths crossed many times over the years at sporting events. He was always kind and gracious to a “nobody” such as me. That was another side of him that many people never got to see. While he was someone whose celebrity status transcended many genres of entertainment, he was still that big-hearted kid from North Carolina who loved sports and talking with everyone he could.

From colleagues to professional athletes to President Obama, who gave a wonderful tribute, many who are connected to the business of broadcasting and sports have honored Stu for what he has meant to so many.

What I’d like to say, in conclusion, is that Stuart Scott informed, entertained and left a lasting imprint on America over the last 20 years. With all that he achieved in front of a camera and behind a microphone, he’d be the first to tell you that he was most proud of his two daughters.

That is the mark of a successful person.

Thank you for the memories, Stu. You are loved by many.


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  1. Nice tribute. I met him a few times as well as part of my job. He always made me feel like I was a friend, even though we saw each other maybe once a year. Not enough gentlemen like him in the world.

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