A tribute to Stuart Scott: Opinion


Jess Zsiga

Christian Helinger remebers Stuart Scott as agreat sports reporter.

Stuart Scott, a long time anchor at ESPN, passed away on January 4, 2015. His health troubles first appeared on Nov. 26, 2007, while covering a “Monday Night Football” game between the Steelers and Dolphins. Stuart had to have an emergency appendectomy that revealed a malignancy requiring additional surgery. A few months later he beat cancer and was back to working full time at ESPN.

Stuart Scott has been on the network for years and is very familiar to viewers.  He joined ESPN in 1993 for the start of ESPN 2. Stuart Scott’s first fulltime job at ESPN was anchoring ESPN Sports Smash.

During his career, Stuart Scott interviewed some of the biggest stars in sports such as Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan and even Shaquille O’Neal. He was friends with President Barack Obama and played basketball with him frequently.  Obama said he related to Stuart because they both had two daughters. Stuart Scott was known for his one liners that he would say while he would be narrating a game. Some of his favorite one liners were “As cool as the other side of the pillow “ and “Call him butter , because he was on a roll.” But his most famous saying was “Boo-ya!”

Stuart Scott changed the way ESPN worked, in my opinion. I agree with ESPN reports that explain that because he was African American, he related to a whole different type of audience with some of the things he said. He had a strong presenting style and never held back on saying anything, he just spoke his mind. He had many adoring fans.

Anthony Antonino, 10th grade said, “I watched him every time he was on.” Christian Helinger, 9th grade, said, “Sports broadcast has forever changed due to his enthusiasm toward reporting.”

Stuart Scott’s cancer returned and he fought it and won, it returned he fought it and won. Every time it came back he fought harder, He never gave up, he never slowed down. After he fought cancer the first time, he started boxing. Stuart Scott will forever be remembered. Boo-ya!