“Boo-yah!” “Cool as the other side of the pillow.” “Like gravy on a biscuit, it’s all good.”
Stuart Scott’s catch phrases on ESPN SportsCenter are well known to sports fans. A sports journalist for ESPN since 1993, Scott is noted for anchoring the SportsCenter desk with a confidence that is built from knowing his stuff.
For the past 7 years, Scott has been battling a rare form of cancer. At the 22nd annual ESPY Awards last week, Scott received the Jimmy V Award for Courage. Since Jimmy Valvano’s memorable “Don’t Give Up, Don’t Ever Give Up” speech, the ESPY awards have helped raise over $23 million for the Jimmy V Foundation. This year’s ceremony raised $6.5 million.
Commanding the stage, Scott 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.”
He also had a message for those fighting diseases, “Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you – I can’t do this ‘Don’t Give Up’ thing all by myself. I got thousands of people on Twitter to encourage me.”
He thanked the people who have supported him, “I’ve got corporate executives, my bosses – this is true – who will text message me, and say ‘hey a, heard you had chemotherapy today, want me to stop by and pick you up something to eat and bring it to you?’”
“Whose boss does that?” he said.
His answer: “My bosses do that.”
Scott made it abundantly clear that his two daughters mean the world to him. “You two are my heartbeats” he said. And with special emphasis, he said, “I am standing on this stage tonight because of you.” Then he called his youngest daughter to the stage and said, “Give me a hug because I need one.”