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ESPN Anchor and Incredible Human Being Stuart Scott is Dead at 49

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 4, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 4, 2015 |

Longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has passed away after a seven-year long battle with cancer. He was 49.

Even if you didn’t watch sports, or ESPN, you probably knew who Stuart Scott was. He took what Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann did on Sportscenter and he made it cool. For the millions of us who loved sports, but who always felt a little left out because we weren’t the jock types, Stuart Scott welcomed us in. He combined pop culture and sports and wit and passion with a little dorkiness, and he made us believe that it was OK to love baseball and the NFL as much as we loved Saved by the Bell and Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He spoke our language, as well as the language of a sports anchor. He was Deadspin without the snark; his joy for sports and pop culture was pure. And joyful. And lovely. And even those of us who abandoned Sportscenter because of what Stuart Scott helped to usher in over the last decade will still miss him terribly because he was our way into that world. He was a guy a dork and a jock could love equally. He gave us our vocabulary for talking about sports with our buddies. HE was Dan Rydell and Casey McCall without a trace of smugness.

More than any of that, however, he was a fucking good guy, a great Dad, and an incredible human being. The guy was as cool as the other side of the pillow.

Here’s his ESPY’s speech from last year. I hope the transcript of the entire thing is etched onto his gravestone, because this was Stuart Scott to a tee.

And if you somehow managed not to lose it while watching that, Hannah Storm’s report on the passing of Scott will bring you to your knees (via Uproxx).

RIP Stuart Scott. You were one of the good ones. One of the best ones.

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