“Can I Get a Booyah?”
You would be hard pressed to find someone more respected in a career field than Stuart Scott. If men are measured by their character shown through trials, Scott raised the bar for everyone. If they are measured by the legacy left behind, he gave us all something to admire and learn from for years to come. If they are measured by how they treat those closest to them, how they treat their family and handle their business “as a man should” – his daughters are living proof and a constant reminder of what is truly important. Stu was a father first, that was evident as he did everything possible with his daughters Taelor and Sydni at his side – journalist second.
Being a journalist however is something he excelled at, it was a not only a gift but something he perfected during his time at ESPN. If you need an example of hard work, patience and diligence – look back at his humble beginnings to eventually becoming a staple of the NBA Finals coverage or even the ESPY award. If you need an example of innovation, simply remember the excitement he brought to your late night SportsCenter pleasure bridging hip hop and sports naturally in a way we hadn’t seen before. The awards probably didn’t matter much to Scott but definitely were appreciated as he was simply doing his job to the best of his ability, the accolades were simply a byproduct of his consistent excellence.
That excellence is what has landed Stuart Scott in the University of North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame. His daughters were there in his place to accept the award as well as receiving the Tarheel Trailblazer Award center court at the alma mater he gave his all too. While SportsCenter and Late Night with Roy (UNC Men’s Basketball season opener event) can never and will never be the same without Stu, his legacy gives us comfort and serves as a great example in journalism, sports and most importantly…life.
Gone but never forgotten. Rest in Peace to the late great Stuart Scott. Thank you for the inspiration.