Monday, 5 January 2015



Stuart Orlando Scott died on the morning of Sunday, January 4, 2014. 
He was Forty-Nine (49) years of age.

Stuart Scott was a long time American anchor and sports caster on ESPN. He was most notably for his coverage of the NBA (National Basketball Association) and NFL (National Football League) on one of the world’s largest network, "Sports Centre".
The majority of the human population may remember the death of Stuart Scott as a battle lost to cancer, but through the lens of Stuart Scott, he did not saw death as a battle lost, especially not to cancer. Stuart Scott had his own perception which shaped and touched the lives of many people when he uttered “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 are words that were spoken at the ESPYS on July 16, 2014 after Stuart Scott accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance with strength, humor and grace.

When Stuart Scott is not being whispered from ear to ear as a prominent ESPN news anchor, or as a sports caster, he is then branded for his myriad of catchphrases which arrested and convicted the hearts, mind, attention, ears and eyes of his audience, and we were then sentence for eternity under his legacy. 

The amazing signature catchphrase of Stuart Scott that is known among his audience includes "Boo - Yah!!", "He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin' him to school." and as we all know "As cool as the other side of the pillow".

According to, "SportsCenter" anchor Jay Harris who is also a colleague of Stuart Scott, grew up watching ESPN with the hope of being like Stuart one day. Jay Harris expressed one of many sentiments by saying "Think about that phrase, 'As cool as the other side of the pillow.' It's a hot, stifling night. You're having trouble sleeping. But then you think to turn the pillow over, and, wow, it's cool, and it feels so good". Stuart Scott inspired many.

Stuart Orlando Scott was born in Chicago, but he grew up in the city of North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he pursued a degree in speech communication. During his duration at the University of North Carolina, he played wide receiver and defensive back on the football team. His college resume also includes his membership in Alpha Phi Alpha, and he also worked at the student radio station which is known as WXYC. 

He later graduated in 1978.

It is said that his first job was being hired by WPDE-TV which was located in Florence, South Carolina. Stuart Scott stated that was the birth place of the "pillow metaphor", but the stardom career of Stuart Scott started to shine when Stuart Scott woke up from sleeping on the colder side of another pillow. That was the day he was recruited and hired to ESPN. The person that was responsible for bringing Stuart to Bristol was known as Al Jaffe, ESPN's vice president. 

Suddenly the world of sports journalism had its "boo-yah" moment.

Stuart Scott introduced an appealing hip/hop style which shook the hands of young African-American demographic. The style and approach that Stuart Scott applied to sports journalism was never before seen and it was critique to be nontraditional

The ESPN anchor, Suzy Kolber articulated that “When he went to ESPN, Stuart didn't change his style and there was some resistance. Even I encouraged him to maybe take a more traditional approach, but he had a strong conviction about who he wanted to be and the voice he wanted to project and clearly, he was right and we were wrong". 

He joined ESPN in 1993 in the launch of ESPN2.

The life, career and legacy of Stuart Scott blossomed into more than what it was when he started working at WPDE-TV, to ESPN, to ESPN2.

The death of Stuart Scott has deeply saddened and left his family, friends, colleagues, audience, athletes and the world of journalism at grief.

The legacy of Stuart Scott will influentially hit the future generation of sports journalists with an explosive "Booyah!!!” for students who will be pursuing a degree in journalism/sports journalism, the legacy of Stuart Scott will be your bus driver because he is going to you all to school.

The legacy of Stuart Scott will be remembered, and passed on to the future generation of sports journalist. 

President Barack Obama” issued a statement:
I will miss Stuart Scott. Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. For much of those twenty years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family – but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on ‘SportsCenter were there.'”
“Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us – with courage and love. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues,” the president added.





When the gates of heaven open and God comes out to welcome Stuart Scott, heaven will be as cool as the other side of the pillow. 

Rest in Peace Stuart Orlando Scott.

By: Georgandez Morrison

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