Stuart Scott delivered one of the most emotional speeches in ESPYs history when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award in 2014.
The late ESPN host’s cancer relapsed shortly after, and he passed away just six months later. Today, July 19, 2017, would have been Scott’s 52nd birthday.
Many laud it as one of the most memorable and impactful speeches ever given at the ESPYs, doing great service to the memory of former NC State Mens Basketball coach Jim Valvano, who the Jimmy V Award is named after.
Scott never sought to have the diagnosis run his life, refusing to hear what stage the cancer was in, wanting to live life as best he could.
“You beat cancer by how you live, while you live, and in the manner in which you live,” Scott said. “So live. Live. And fight like hell.”
Stuart Scott was an incredible broadcaster and television personality that undeniably changed the landscape of sports media. From his ingenious catchphrases and magnetic personality to his effortless skill behind the camera, he became a staple in ESPN’s sports coverage.
The class and dignity that Scott showed in his speech may be described best by using his own words.