Obama, LeBron, SportsCenter, NFL Network Pay Tribute to Stuart Scott
Sports fans are mourning the death of iconic ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who passed away Sunday after a long battle with cancer at age 49.
Bill Hemmer and Jim Gray reflected (video above) on the life of the longtime "SportsCenter" host today on "America's Newsroom."
Gray noted that Scott's unique style was at first not accepted by many viewers, but over time he ended up as one of the most admired figures in the sports broadcasting world.
"Trailblazers don't have easy paths. Pioneers are pioneers for a reason," said Gray.
He called Scott "transformational," remembering that when he worked at ESPN, Scott made everything "so much fun."
In a moving tribute, ESPN aired "SportsCenter" Monday morning with one anchor chair left empty in Scott's honor.
At the ESPY Awards last summer, Scott delivered a stirring address on his battle with cancer. Scott was presented the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live," he said.
Watch the speech below.
President Obama issued a statement Sunday following Scott's death.
"I will miss Stuart Scott. Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. For much of those twenty years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family – but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on SportsCenter were there. Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us – with courage and love. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues."
Meantime, LeBron James took to Instagram to eulogize Scott.
Can't believe you're gone from us! I am deeply saddened because not only will not be replaced as a anchor or reporter but more than that as a genuine cool person. What u did for our culture, bringing that Swag to reporting can only be copied(which I hear it today on tv watching sports). I would say not because they stealing your swag, it's all out of RESPECT! It was always a breath of fresh fun air when u would show up and we'd chat up. Thank you so much for being u and giving us inner city kids someone we could relate to that wasn't a player but was close enough to them. #RIPStuartScott #FuqCancer #GoneButSurelyNotForgotten
On the NFL Network, Rich Eisen, Scott's longtime co-anchor on ESPN, did the entire Colts-Bengals highlight package using Stuart Scott catchphrases.
— NFL (@nfl) January 5, 2015