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I am somewhat at a loss for words this Sunday Morning. Cancer took another great man today. Stuart Scott had been fighting cancer of the eye since late 2007, and this morning the terrible disease ended his life. For guys like me who grew up watching SportsCenter in the morning rather than the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, Stuart Scott was the man. It is hard to pinpoint what exactly made him special. Maybe it was the respect he got from his colleagues and pro sports stars alike, or maybe it was his classic catchphrases that we can’t get out of our head. But what made Stuart Scott so special to me was simply how natural he was. He wasn’t doing a job when he was working SportsCenter, or NFL Countdown, or NFL Live or any of the many projects he had his hands in. He loved every second of it-you could just tell, and that is what made him special.
Stuart Scott is a big part of why I am writing about sports in my free time. growing up every kid wants to be a professional athlete. But, clearly the chances of that happening are unbelievably remote, however when that reality set in I could only think about people like Stuart Scott. This guy got to report what happens every day in the world of sports, and he did it with such a cool fashion, who wouldn’t want him as their role model? He certainly was my inspiration. I did not even have to know the guy to know he truly enjoyed his life, and what more could you want? I don’t want to get too gushy but I will say this, I sure am gonna miss him and Steve Levy going back and forth during the SC Top plays just trying to top each other with the one-liners. Of course, Scott would always win, but that will always be a fond childhood memory of mine.
Stuart Scott was more than a sportscaster, he was the good friend we had never met. Every morning or at the end of a long day we would bring him into our homes to give us the days sports scores and a few laughs along the way. It saddens me that such a young and vibrant man can get cut down at the age of 49, but that is the way of the world as sad as that sounds. He accepted it, and did what he could do to live with it. He said it right when he accepted the Arthur Ashe award for courage when he said “You beat cancer by HOW you live, WHY you live, and the manner in which you live” Well Stuart you truly are an inspiration to us all, and you will be remembered by my generation as the greatest Sportscaster we have seen. You truly were “as cool as the other side of the pillow.” Rest In Peace, Stuart. You will be missed.