Sad news in the sports world today, legendary sportscaster Stuart Scott,49, died of complications from cancer. ESPN made the official announcement Sunday morning. Scott spoke out about his cancer publicly in July. He said just because you die of cancer doesn’t mean you lost to cancer. It’s how you live your life while you have cancer that matters. The high profile sportscaster got his start in radio in college at the University of North Carolina. He was a student there are worked on the college radio station. After he graduated he landed a job at WPDE -TV in Florence, South Carolina for two years.
He worked a series of radio positions and went on to WESH TV an affiliate of NBC in Orlando, Florida. Scott was hired on at ESPN2 in 1993 as a host of a new show, that was developed for him, Sportsnight. He worked as a host of several sports related shows, outside of ESPN as well. He was the host of NFL Match Up, NFL Live, NFL PrimeTime and NFL Countdown. He had two daughters Taelor and Sydni Scott. He has also hosted a number of reality shows. Some of them, Stump the Schwab, Teammates and Dream Job. Scott suffered a very serious eye injury while covering a football camp in 2002. He was at the New York Jets mini camp in April, and was hit in the face with a football, while he stood on the sidelines. The ball his eye, he underwent eye surgery, which kept him off of ESPN for over 2 months while he recovered.
He continued to have residual side affects from the accident for years afterward. Scott continued you suffer from ill health in the yeas after the accident. In 2007 he had to undergo emergency appendectomy surgery. Cancer was discovered during that surgery. He had to continue receiving chemo therapy for the cancerous cells that were discovered. His ESPN colleagues and athletes publicly expressed their support for Scott. Again in 2011, Scott was informed that cancer had returned, and he again had to go through a chemotherapy regimen. Several months into treatment, Scott was declared to be in remission. Scott was diagnosed again with cancer in January 2013. What followed was ongoing radiation and chemotherapy and surgery.
He was honored in 2014 by ESPYS with a Jimmy V award for Perseverance for his battle against cancer, he said” You know tomorrow all my boys are going to be like, I saw you at the ESPYS with Peton Manning. Everyday I’m reminded that life’s journey is really about the people who touch us. When I first heard that I was going to be honored with this reward, the first thing I did, I was speechless briefly. I presented this reward before, I watched in awe as people like Eric Legrand and Kyle Dake, and all these other great people graced this stage. Although intellectually I get it, I’m a public figure, I’m battling cancer, hopefully I’m inspiring, at my gut level, I really don’t think I belong with those great people.”