Stuart Scott’s famous catchphrases from the anchor’s seat on SportsCenter — ”as cool as the other side of the pillow,” “Booyah!” — will live on in the sports lexicon for generations to come.
But Scott, who died Sunday morning after a years-long battle with cancer, delivered perhaps his most powerful words just five months before he passed away.
In July, Scott accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award — an award named after former North Carolina State men’s basketball coach Jim Valvano, who died of bone cancer in 1993. In the middle of a fourth battle with the recurring cancer — he never revealed which kind he was fighting — he delivered a speech after a week full of hospital visits and surgeries.
"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott said. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live."
Robin Roberts, the ABC Good Morning America anchor who also battled cancer, said in a video memorializing Scott that it was a “signature, raw and honest, powerful and indelible.”
Here’s the full video of his speech:
Brett LoGiurato is the senior national political correspondent at Fusion, where he covers all things 2016. He'll give you everything you need to know about politics, with a healthy side of puns.