“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott told the audience. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
He was the exemplification of his very own words. He was know to do mixed martial arts training during his chemotherapy treatments. The people who worked with him said that he would have a hospital treatment and go straight to work, giving us his talent and lively catchphrase, “Boo-yah”.
Let’s get into some highlights of his over twenty year career as a sport anchor. In 1993 he helped ESPN launch ESPN2, quickly moving up the ranks as one of the network’s main SportsCenter anchors. By 2008, he anchored late-night SportsCenter shows, hosted Monday Night Countdown on location during the NFL season, served as the lead host for NBA on ESPN and ABC and interviewed Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
It was his acceptance speech, in which I started this post with a quote from it; where he truly spoke on what his life meant. It was truly one of his finest moments accepting the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2014 ESPY Awards, this past July. Fighting through cancer all while perfecting his craft and doting on his daughters, showed true perseverance. The kind of strength that most people never get the opportunity to be indulged in.
He ended his earthly life January 4, 2015. We feel his perseverance even stronger in his early absence. God bless his two daughters Taelor , 19 and Sydni, 15.
Enjoy his touching speech below!