ESPN legendary sports anchor Stuart Scott dies At 49

Stuart Scott 1965 to 2015 (photo by ESPN)

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*NY Times article link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/05/sports/stuart-scott-espn-sportscaster-is-dead-at-49.html?_r=0
*Sports Illustrated article link: http://www.si.com/more-sports/2015/01/04/stuart-scott-espn-sportscenter-media-circus
*XXLmag: http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2015/01/hip-hop-reacts-stuart-scott-passing-twitter/

Scott’s former ESPN colleague and current NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen, announcing the passing of ESPN's Stuart Scott yesterday morning with a special tribute to his friend.

Stuart Scott, a signature "SportsCenter" anchor in 21 years at ESPN, died at age 49 after battling cancer.

Stuart Scott inspired many, including family, while fighting cancer. Behind-the-scene insight on Scott's fight.

Stuart Scott wins the Jimmy V Award for his courageous fight against cancer. His 2014 ESPY speech is considered one of thee most inspiring speeches.

Stuart Scott became well known for his use of unique catch phrases, that he fought against the ESPN "Powers-That-Be" to keep.

Some of Stuart Scott's famous Catch-Phrases used during his ESPN Shows, Sportscasts, and Reports:

"As cool as the other side of the pillow"
"He must be the bus driver cause he was takin' him to school."
"Holla at a playa when you see him in the street!"
"Just call him butter ’cause he’s on a roll"
"They Call Him the Windex Man ‘Cause He’s Always Cleaning the Glass"
"You Ain’t Gotta Go Home, But You Gotta Get The Heck Outta Here."
"He Treats Him Like a Dog. Sit. Stay."
"And the Lord said you got to rise Up-ah"
"Can I get a witness from the congregation?!" from church preachers
"Hear the drummer get WICKED!" from Public Enemy frontman Chuck D

Early life and career (bio from Wikipedia)

Born in Chicago, Illinois to O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott, Stuart spent his formative years in North Carolina. Scott had two sisters—Susan and Synthia—and one brother, Stephen. He attended Mount Tabor High School for 9th and 10th grade and then completed his last two years at Richard J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and was part of the on-air talent at the student-run radio station WXYC. While at UNC, he also played wide receiver and defensive back on the club football team. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication. In 2001, he gave the commencement address at UNC where he implored graduates to celebrate diversity and recognize the power of communication.

Following graduation, Scott worked as a news reporter and weekend sports anchor at WPDE-TV in Florence, South Carolina from 1987 until 1988. Scott came up with the phrase "cooler than the other side of the pillow" while working his first job at WPDE. After this, Scott worked as a news reporter at WRAL-TV 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina from 1988 until 1990. WRAL Sports anchor Jeff Gravley recalled there was a "natural bond" between Scott and the sports department. Gravley described his style as creative, gregarious and adding so much energy to the newsroom. Even after leaving, Scott still visited his former colleagues at WRAL and treated them like family.

From 1990 until 1993, he worked at WESH, an NBC affiliate in Orlando, Florida as a sports reporter and sports anchor. While at WESH, he met ESPN producer Gus Ramsey, who was beginning his own career. Ramsey said of Scott: "You knew the second he walked in the door that it was a pit stop, and that he was gonna be this big star somewhere someday. He went out and did a piece on the rodeo, and he nailed it just like he would nail the NBA Finals for ESPN." He earned first place honors from the Central Florida Press Club for a feature on rodeo.

ESPN's Stephen A Smith and the First Take team on the passing of Stuart Scott.


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