Growing up as a huge sports fan in the Orlando, Florida area during the 90s, I had the pleasure of seeing a young Stuart Scott cover sports on the local news for a few years. Then in 1993, Scott left the Sunshine state to join the ESPN family and for the next few years he would introduce a long list of popular catch phrases which are commonly used now by kids that weren’t even alive when he coined them.
When most people see Stuart Scott on TV now, hosting Sportscenter or Monday Night Football or the NBA Finals, they think they are just looking at one of the hardest working guys in the sports world. That’s true, but they are also looking at one of the strongest and most inspirational too.
In 2007, Scott discovered that he had cancer and last night, at the ESPY’s award, he was honored with the Jimmy V award for his ongoing fight against cancer. In his speech, he mentioned that just in this month, he’s had 4 surgeries and wasn’t sure if he would even make it to last night. He did and he explained why.
“The best thing I’ve ever done, the best thing I will ever do is be a dad to Taelor and Sydni. I can’t ever give up because I can’t leave my daughters. I love you girls more than I will ever be able to express. You are my heartbeat. I am standing on this stage tonight because of you.”
I’ve been watching Stuart Scott for 21 years and never spent more than a few seconds thinking about it. I then spent the next 20 minutes, after watching him on that stage, thinking about everything I’ve done in the past 21 years – from my days in Florida to my current days with my two daughters.