Some time ago I met Stuart Scott. Ran into him at a Super Bowl party. He had no idea who I was but was gracious enough when I approached him to shake hands and pay tribute to his sportscasting chops. We even spent a few moments chatting about the upcoming game.
Scott passed away two days ago, succumbing to cancer.
Before he died Scott was presented with Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2014 ESPYS. He gave a stirring speech which is embedded below.
The money quote is towards the end.
When you die, that doesn’t mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live. Fight like hell, and when you get too tired to fight, lay down and rest and let someone else fight for you.
It’s how you live that matters. Wise words from a man that changed the game in his industry.