Stuart Scott was a sportscaster and anchor on ESPN. His hip-hop style and popular catchphrases aided him in becoming one of the most well-known and respected figures of the sports’ media industry. In 2007, Scott was diagnosed with cancer. After going into remission, Scott was diagnosed again in 2011 and 2013 with cancer. He died in 2015 at the young age of 49.
Scott’s ideals and journalism style appealed to a younger audience. He was one of the few African American personalities who was not a professional athlete within the sports’ media industry. However, Scott’s versatility and down-to-earth nature made him relatable and ultimately changed the entire dynamics of sports broadcasting. He didn’t speak in perfect grammatically correct and prepared sentences because that wasn’t relatable and isn’t how the average person speaks – and viewers loved it! While Scott didn’t speak loudly about his Christian faith, he had expressed on more than one occasion that he was a Christian. In the February 2010 issue of ESPN Magazine, Stuart talked briefly about his Christian beliefs. The topic of Tebow’s use of Bible verses on his eyelids was of discussion. Stuart said, “Dave, if that what you want to do, I don’t care. But Tim and I and billions of other believers in the world know you’d be wrong. I’ve seen the workings of God many times in my life, like when my two daughters were born. If you don’t believe in God, watch a child be born. Then if you still say you don’t believe in God, that’s okay. The thing is, I think He’ll watch over you anyway!”