Stuart Scott

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Stuart Scott
Stuart Scott 2010.jpg
Scott in 2010.
Born (1965-07-19) July 19, 1965 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Occupation Sportscaster
Stuart Scott at ESPN

Stuart Scott (born July 19, 1965) is a sportscaster and anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter.

Early life and career[edit]

Scott has two sisters: Susan and Synthia; and one brother Stephen.[1] He attended Mount Tabor High School for 9th and 10th grade and then finished up his last two years at Richard J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and went to college at the University of North Carolina. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and was part of the on-air talent at the student-run radio station WXYC. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication. Following graduation, Scott worked as a reporter at WPDE-TV in Florence, South Carolina, from 1988–1990 and at WRAL-TV 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 1990–1993. He also worked at WESH, an NBC affiliate in Orlando, Florida, from 1993–1995.


Scott joined ESPN2 at the network's launch in 1993 as the host of SportsNight.[2] He currently works for the ESPN family of networks as an anchor for SportsCenter episodes as well as National Football League and National Basketball Association programming. Scott also appears in each issue of ESPN the Magazine, with his 'Holla' column. In his work at ESPN, he has interviewed top professional athletes such as Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan, as well as two American Presidents: then-Senator Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.[2]


At SportsCenter Scott was frequently teamed with fellow anchor Rich Eisen. He became well known for his use of unique catch phrases, following in the SportsCenter tradition begun by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann, such as "holla at a playa when you see him in the street!", "call him butter, he's on a roll" and "Boo Yah!" and also "as cool as the other side of the pillow."[3] He was parodied on Saturday Night Live by Tim Meadows and Finesse Mitchell.

Past television shows[edit]

Scott at ESPN The Weekend, 2008

Besides SportsCenter, Scott has been the host of a number of television shows. His NFL work includes NFL Matchup, NFL Live, NFL PrimeTime, and NFL Countdown, while his NBA work includes hosting the NBA Finals and NBA Fastbreak. He also has hosted a number of ESPN game and reality shows, including: Stump the Schwab, Teammates and Dream Job, and hosted David Blaine's Drowned Alive special.He also hosted a special and only broadcast episode of America's Funniest Home Videos called AFV:The Sports Edition.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Scott lives with his two daughters, Taelor and Sydni in Avon, Connecticut.[1]

Eye injury[edit]

Scott was injured when hit in the face by a football during a New York Jets mini-camp on April 3, 2002,[4] while filming a special for ESPN. He underwent surgery that night and was out of work for a few months. Because of the accident, he has ptosis, or drooping of the eyelid.

Appendectomy and cancer[edit]

Scott had an emergency appendectomy in Pittsburgh after becoming ill while covering the Pittsburgh SteelersMiami Dolphins Monday Night Football game on November 26, 2007. The surgery also discovered a malignancy that required an additional surgery to remove possibly cancerous tissue. He returned a month later and continued on-air broadcasting during recommended preventive chemotherapy. ESPN President George Bodenheimer said "Stuart is approaching this fight with the same passion and energy we see on air... He knows he has our full support and we look forward to the day where this is all behind him."[5]

In 2011, it was revealed that Scott was again battling cancer.[6] The disease entered remission in early 2012, but Scott was again diagnosed with cancer on January 14, 2013.[7]

Scott was honored at the ESPYS on July 16, 2014, with the Jimmy V Award for his ongoing, inspirational fight against cancer. He shared that he had four surgeries in seven days in the week prior to his appearance, when he was suffering from liver complications and kidney failure.[1]




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