Stuart Scott was a well-known American sportscaster and anchor on ESPN. Scott was born in Chicago but moved as a child to North Carolina where he attended high school and college, at the University of North Carolina. A collegiate athlete himself, he played wide receiver and defensive back there and became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Although there were and still many accomplished African-American sportscasters, Scott’s blending of hip hop with sports casting put him in a class of his own. By 2008, he was a constant and familiar face in ESPN’s programming
Scott was also known for his catchphrases with one being “Cooler than the Other Side of the Pillow.” He was regarded as more of an institution than a talent among the network’s many stars. Many people watched as he grew from a young broadcaster that some doubted, to someone most people admired. Scott’s on-air aura was “unapologetically Black.” If there was ever someone who was completely Black inside and out it was Scott. He related sports metaphors to rap lyrics, and dropped clothing brands that many people did not even know about. He was hip, stylish and one of the best broadcasters to ever sit at the table on ESPN.
BOOYAH, was another one of his words that some people, mainly his bosses, just didn’t get. In the beginning it was difficult to make of him or his terminology. However, as time went on the Black athletes loved him, and his bosses warmed up to his style. He never tried to downplay who he was, he was Stuart Scott, and that’s exactly what was presented on air. He was popular among his fans, and known for telling people exactly what they needed to hear at just the right time.
According to Ebony magazine Hill’s co-host Michael Smith recalled a message that Scott left for him three years ago. “That night I get this unsolicited call. Stu left this minute-and-15 second voicemail telling me how much he enjoyed that conversation. He finished it off by saying, ‘Yo, man, you’re killing it. You’re so good at what you do. I just want to work with you. You’re one of the best people at this network. To get somebody of that caliber to call you unsolicited and tell you how much he enjoys you, to get that kind of seal of approval, was unbelievable.”
Scott was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. He had an appendectomy and it was discovered during this time his appendix was cancerous. He went into remission until 2011 and 2013. Scott was honored at the ESPY Awards in 2014 with the Jimmy V Award for his fight against cancer, shortly before his death in 2015 at the age of 49. He had two young daughters at the time of his death.