“He didn’t just push the envelope,” says Dan Patrick, a sports radio host and former ESPN anchor on the passing of Stuart Scott, “He bulldozed it.”
Stuart Scott, who was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, is remembered for his authenticity, passion for journalism and his respect for sports and the impact it has on its watchers. Scott died at the age of 49 after his long battle with Cancer.
Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man — from his signature “Boo-Yah!” to “As cool as the other side of the pillow” to “He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin’ him to school.”
That man is Stuart Scott, and his contributions to the sports lexicon are writ large. But they are only one aspect of his legacy. When he passed away, he left behind so much more. He inspired his colleagues with his sheer talent, his work ethic and his devotion to his daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15. He defied convention and criticism to help bring this network into a new century. He spoke to the very athletes he was talking about with a flair and a style that ESPN president John Skipper says, “changed everything.”
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