VIDEO: Hannah Storm, Rich Eisen Hold Back Tears In Stuart Scott Tributes
Stuart Scott’s longtime friends and co-workers fought back tears as they broke the news of his death on Sunday. Hannah Storm was the first to revealed Scott had died, struggling to stay composed as she made the announcement on ESPN. Watch the moving videos below.
Referencing Scott’s ESPYs speech, in which he said one beats cancer based on how they live, Storm said, “Since 1993, those of us here at ESPN fortunate enough to work with Stewart, saw how he lived. And in the past seven years, as he fought cancer, we saw why he lived: for his daughters Taelor and Sydni. And so today, we choose not to say that Stuart lost to cancer at the age 49. Instead, we’ll simply say that we all lost Stuart.”
Chris Berman, then joined by Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Cris Carter, and Mike Ditka, said, “I speak for everybody on this show, everybody in these buildings, everybody in Bristol, Connecticut. It is the ultimate irony that we speak to our colleague and friend Stuart Scott in the past tense this morning, because if anybody was more full of life, I haven’t met him or her.”
As the panelists each shared their recollections, Johnson was particularly emotional. He remained choked up and teary-eyed as he reflected on Scott’s years of advice and friendship. “I have two daughters of my own, and I know Stu had two kids. And any time you leave this Earth, and you leave them behind, it’s going to hurt,” said the former NFL star.
Over on the NFL Network, Scott’s longtime “SportsCenter” co-anchor Rich Eisen said, “I loved this man. I still love this man.” He went on, “The fact that he passed away is mind-boggling, and a travesty.” Holding back tears, Eisen asked viewers to pray for Scott’s daughters. Watch the videos below.