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He defied convention and criticism to help bring this network into a new century. He spoke to the very athletes he was talking about with a flair and a style that ESPN president John Skipper says, “changed everything.”

“He didn’t just push the envelope,” says sports radio host and former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick. “He bulldozed the envelope.”

He may have represented new school, but he was decidedly old school when it came to preparation. Nobody could ever say he didn’t work hard, or labor over his “SportsCenter” lead-ins.

“I never found him without a statistic to back up what he was saying,” says Patrick. “He wanted you to know that he knew what he was talking about, and he never failed.”

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Stu anchoring SportsCenter in the 90s

On June 15, 2014, Stuart flawlessly handled the trophy presentation to the Spurs — after doing 300 push-ups that day. “We stood on the floor,” says Williamson, “and there’s all these things going around — and immediately we snapped back to 20 years ago … and I just … told him I was proud of him, and I loved him.”

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A month later, as Steele watched Stuart climb the steps to the stage at the ESPYS, she worried about whether he could deliver his speech.”But then I reminded myself, ‘Hello, who are you talking about here? This is Stuart and he’s not going to let this moment get away.’ … Raw and honest, powerful and indelible. … He owned it, just like he owned every sportscast, every ‘SportsCenter,’ every ‘Monday Night Football’ show he did. He owned it.”

Receiving the Jimmy V perseverance ESPY

“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer.  You beat cancer… by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” – Stuart Scott

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