After a long battle with appendiceal cancer, legendary ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott died on Jan. 4 in a Hartford-area hospital. He was 49. Scott was an ardent hip-hop lover and was known for mixing his sports reports with a blend of animated catch-phrases. He also inspired millions with his refuse-to-stop-fighting attitude. In honor of Scott, we revisited some of his most inspirational moments and his popular buzzwords.
Last July, Scott accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance award at the ESPYS.
“When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live,” he said, holding up the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. “So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, lay down and rest, and let somebody else fight for you,” the father of two daughters told the audience, holding up the shiny award. “So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, lay down and rest, and let somebody else fight for you.”
Popular Scott Sayings: “Booyah!” was the 49-year-old’s trademark expression. Often Scott would pep up his commentary with statements like “Just call him butter ‘cause he’s on a roll,” and “Cool as the other side of the pillow.”
Scott’s Poetic Tribute to MJ
He shared his spoken word poetry jam about Michael Jordan on SportsCenter in 2013. The short video was titled, “The Best Ever,” where Scott wished Jordan a Happy Birthday. “I was sold when he won 6 NBA rings…” he said. “You paved the way for athletes to say, ‘I am iconic, a brand…”
Rest in peace, Stuart Scott.