Stuart Scott Blazed Trails For Us All
The news of Stuart Scott passing hit me very hard. Harder than I thought was possible, considering I never met him. It felt like my older brother had just died. Why? Because Stuart Scott was not only the best broadcaster on television, he was one of us: a guy who loved sports and got to share his favorite moments of the days’ highlights with us.
I remember being in college, watching Stuart Scott on SportsCenter calling the highlights. It was no secret ESPN encouraged their anchors to be themselves, but Stuart was different. He was a person of color on television, using phrases and colloquialisms we could relate to. Stuart Scott was a child of Hip Hop and he fully embraced the culture on air at a time when Hip Hop wasn’t easily accepted in mainstream America. He took a lot of flack for it, but never waivered. He was going to be his own man, put in the work and not change for anyone.
A generation of athletes grew up watching Stuart call the highlights, wanting him to give them a nickname or immortalize their great play with an even greater play call. A generation of journalists was inspired to pursue their career goals with no fear, because Stuart Scott showed them how to be great without compromising. He showed them how to be themselves and continue moving forward, while mentoring colleagues and being available to support a variety of causes.
Stuart Scott was a trailblazer, a leader, a fighter, a dad. He never let cancer hold him down. Instead, he pushed even harder to live the life he wanted to live. In his speech at the ESPY’s, he said:
“When you die it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
Stuart Scott taught me so many lessons about life; I didn’t realize I was learning until I took a moment to reflect on his life. How amazing is that? We all live in hopes we can have some sort of impact. It’s safe to say Stuart Scott’s impact will be felt for years to come. Rest well Stuart.