Stuart Scott left a big footprint in the Sports world.

He began to make his mark at ESPN back in 1993.  He was not your typical sports guy.  He had a presence on the air that was different from the other sportscasters on “Sportscenter” and he connected to the athletes he covered too.  Over the years he coined some crazy catchphrases that became legend.  “Boo-Yah,” “As Cool as the other side of the pillow.”

If you watched ESPN, you knew Stuart Scott and you had to watch him because he had the “magic.”

He died yesterday.  He was only 49 years old.  His cancer killed him after fighting to live with it for seven years.

Stuart didn’t talk too much about his cancer, but when he did, he put it on notice time and again.  He was going to fight and fight and fight some more.  He would tell others “never give up.”  Stuart Scott never gave up.

He was remembered yesterday in football stadiums around the country.  His friends on television networks across the board remembered him.  Athletes from all sports, active and retired wrote beautiful remembrances about him.  He made a difference.

Shortly before his 49th birthday last year he accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: no one deserved it more.  Stuart had been in the hospital for days, going through multiple cancer surgeries just prior to appearing on the ESPY’s telecast to receive the honor.

His words that night say it all about the man: “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.”

Stuart Scott lived well.

He made a difference.

He rests now

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