Growing up in the Orlando area during the 90s, I had the pleasure of watching 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. For the next few years, he introduced a long list of popular catchphrases to the sports world:
- As cool as the other side of the pillow.
- It’s your world kid. The rest of us are still paying rent.
- Call him carwash cuz he’s automatic.
- Vlade Daddi, he likes to party, he don’t cause trouble, he don’t bother anybody.
- They call him the Windex Man cause he’s always cleaning the glass.
- Like gravy on a biscuit, it’s all good!
- Straight butter.
- You ain’t got to go home, but you got to get the heck up outta here.
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 humans 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 said just in this month, he’s had four surgeries and wasn’t sure if he would even be able to make the event. He did and 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 now and never spent more than a few seconds thinking about it. After watching him on that stage, I spent the following 20 minutes thinking about everything I’ve done in the past 21 years – from my days in Florida to my current days with my two daughters.
STUART SCOTT TRIBUTE
On January 4th of 2015, Scott passed away at the age of 49.