Stuart Scott’s Legacy

"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." (photo courtesy of

Nicole Truong, Co-Sports Editor

Stuart Scott, one of the greatest ESPN analysts of all time, recently passed away on January 4, at the age of 49, after his long battle with cancer.


Stuart Scott was one of the most beloved ESPN anchors and an even more cherished father to his two daughters, ages 15 and 19. He has made innumerable contributions to the sports world, and his memory and legacy will be remembered long after his tragic and early death. He will be remembered for the strength he inspired within others who witnessed his fight, his innovative expressions (such as the commonly used phrase “boo-yah!”), and his brilliant analyses of the world’s top athletes.


ESPN’s new studio in Bristol houses many catch phrases made famous over the years by entertainment anchors. Stuart Scott owns an unprecedented nine of those phrases, with sayings such as “As cool as the other side of the pillow”and “He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin’ him to school.” Scott expanded the sports lexicon by multitudes; however, that was only one aspect of his magnificent legacy.


Scott’s battle with cancer inspired others. The courage with which he fought and the charisma and vitality he showed inspired others to appreciate the life that they have been blessed with. Last July, Stuart Scott was honored with the Jimmy V. Award for Perseverance at the ESPYS. With his strength and humor, Scott gracefully proclaimed, “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.”


These words ring true not just towards his fight with cancer, but also towards the everyday lives of others. These words will continue to inspire others to live each day to their fullest and will be remembered for many years and generations to come. Stuart Scott inspired many with his envelope-pushing analyses on ESPN and with the grace, optimism, and strength he showed throughout his years of battle with cancer. When asked about his thoughts on Stuart Scott, junior Darshan Patel (11) said, “Stuart Scott was a humorous and brilliant analyst, and an inspiring and charismatic man. His words and strength will continue to inspire many long after his death.” Stuart Scott left behind a legacy that will be spoken of and praised for years to come, and he made an immense impact on the lives of many.