Stuart Scott’s Emotional ESPYs Speech: “When You Die, It Does Not Mean You Lose To Cancer” — WATCH FULL VIDEO
Stuart Scott’s emotional speech from the 2014 ESPYs has become all the more poignant in the wake of his death, and deserves a second viewing. As Gossip Cop reported, the “SportsCenter” anchor lost his battle with cancer on Sunday. He was 49. Check out the video below.
At the ESPY Awards in July, Scott was honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. After an introduction from Kiefer Sutherland, Scott took the stage to reflect on his disease, his career, and his family. Looking thin but determined, the sportscaster appeared shortly after undergoing four surgeries in a seven-day span.
Scott first paid tribute to those who received the award before him, particularly Jimmy Valvano, noting it’s through him he learned four key words: Don’t ever give up. “Being honored with this, I now also have a responsibility to not ever give up,” he said.
“When you die, it does not mean you lose to cancer,” declared Scott. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell.” The sports journalist went on to speak of his kids, Taelor and Sydni, saying, “I can’t ever give up, because I can’t leave my daughters.” Directing his comments to them, Scott said, “You two are my heartbeat. I am standing on this stage here tonight because of you.”
Scott concluded, “Have a great rest of your night, and have a great rest of your life.” Grab tissues. Then watch the full video below.