The man who coined the term, “Cool as the other side of the pillow,” Stuart Scott left a well-respected legacy with American sports media.
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One of the iconic figures in ESPN, analyst and broadcaster Stuart Scott has passed away on Sunday at age 49 after a battle with cancer.
Scott was one of the most accomplished and respected analysts and broadcasters for the better part of several decades since joining the industry in 1987. He rose to fame with his work on a variety of ESPN shows, including SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown and NFL PrimeTime. He also coined several legendary catchphrases including “Boo-Yah!”, “As cool as the other side of the pillow” and “He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin’ him to school.”
Sunday morning’s Postseason NFL Countdown began with a tribute to Scott, with analysts Chris Berman, Keyshawn Johnson, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Wendi Nix and Merrill Hoge all offering their remembrances.
“Stuart made ESPN what it is. He made us better people,” Berman said.
In 2007 Scott was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo numerous surgeries. On July 16, 2014, ESPN honored Scott with its Jimmy V Perseverance Award for his fight against cancer.
“When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott said after receiving the award. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live…So live. Live. Fight like hell.”