Five words that are true for me and for millions of other sports fans mourning the loss of the legendary ESPN sportscaster. A man taken too soon from his colleagues, his friends, his daughters whom he loved so dearly. How can one person, a news anchor nevertheless, have left a monumental void in the hearts of people across the world. We've experienced the deaths of public figures and celebrities before and by no means are they more or less meaningful than Stuart's. There was simply something different about Stuart that has impacted the world.
For a 90s kid like me, growing up meant watching MJ and the Bulls take down the Jazz. It meant watching Adam Vinatieri make clutch field goals to clinch Super Bowl Championships for the Patriots. It also meant catching up on the latest news and seeing the best highlights from the day in sports. And that meant reliving all of them with the sparkling personality of Stuart Scott (Boo-yah!).
I've had the chance to reflect and understand how and why Stuart Scott was and will forever be someone special in our lives. I could go on to discuss the succinct and powerful tribute that ESPN and SportsCenter aired about him. I could parallel the statements about his professionalism, passion, and perseverance. I could commend his fighter mentality and investiture in living life to the fullest. All of these and more provide enough reason as to the incredible character of Stuart Scott, but one thing stands out above the rest. He was real.
Stuart did not give in to the normality that was expected of a "news anchor" or whatever the expectation might have been. He enjoyed the success that he created through his catchphrases and always remained as cool as the other side of the pillow without ever allowing his ego to absorb his humble spirit. He understood his life and never wavered from what was important to him. Stuart Scott openly welcomed us all into the new live edition of SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, and the plethora of other shows in which he participated.
Stuart Scott was a fighter who never lost sight of what he was living for. He never made anything about himself, but instead made the experience for us all. Not only did the sports world lose a leader, but it lost a friend.
Rest in Peace, Stuart Scott