Best known for his longtime tenure as a sports anchor on the ESPN cable network (particularly on its SportsCenter series), Stuart Scott drew both fans and detractors for his vociferous, street-smart, urban mentality that made heavy use of slang and demonstrated no attempt to present varnished opinions in commenting on various sporting events. He made a number of guest appearances -- usually in cameos as himself -- in A-list feature films. These included the Bernie Mac-headlined sports comedy Mr. 3000 (2004), the Lindsay Lohan-starring Disney sequel Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), and the Rock-headlined sports comedy The Game Plan (2007). Stuart died in 2015, at age 49.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Performed in productions of West Side Story and The Wiz in Winston-Salem, NC, in the early 1980s.
- In college, worked as a reporter for the student radio station, played on a club football team and became a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
- Started working for ESPN in 1993.
- Recorded his trademark "Boo-yah!" as a play call for the ESPN GameStation toy.
- Nearly lost his vision after being hit by a football while covering the Jets at their 2002 training camp.
- In 2004, was requested by U.S. soldiers to participate in ESPN's SportsCenter: Salute to the Troops programming.
- Became ill during November 2007 Steelers-Dolphins game and had to have an emergency appendectomy; during surgery, a malignancy was discovered and he then underwent chemotherapy.
- Honored at the 2014 ESPY Awards with the Jimmy V Award.