Sunday, January 4, 2015

Corey Rockafeler -NBA RAW -Stuart Scott : Lifetime MVP Award

Sometimes it takes  just a single name:Jordan,Pele,Montana,or DiMaggio to conjure up potent visceral images of winning and accomplishment. These icons and their iconic endeavors are seared into memory banks to be replayed on demand for years to come. But just as there are memorable professional sports athletes,there are also relevant non-athletes closely linked to sports who are  as memorable . ESPN sports anchor Stuart Scott is one of those individuals. Stuart is also one of my heroes. Since 1993- his first broadcast - he has been a nightly guest in  my home and someone I have had the good fortune to meet on several occasions.  Right as I was leaving church service today  my son Miles sent me a text message to inform me the Lord called Stuart home. My eyes immediately began  to tear. I  had to head to the nearest men's room for a private moment to cry and pray. Stuart Scott was not supposed to die. No, not now and not for a long time. Although, Scott has been battling a rare form of cancer since 2007, he had emerged stronger and his doctors were optimistic for a full recovery.   His  July 2014 speech at the ESPY awards where he received the Jimmy V award  was as indelible and brave as anything you will ever witness on live television.  "When you die, it doesn't mean you lose to cancer," Scott passionately stated. " You beat the cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner  in which you live."  He took a prideful moment to speak with a father's pure love and admiration for his two daughters Sydni  and Taelor. He then bought Sydni up on stage , "come on up and give dad a hug because I need one." There was not a dry eye in the house.

Stuart was as much as a game-changer  as the sports figures he spoke glowingly about. His infectious energy, inimitable spirit was contagious to all. He was like a multi-sensory Red Bull. Scott was a new generation sports broadcaster who gave a new generation of athletes their own voice. He emboldened their personal journeys with a sense of authenticity  style, and swag not previously seen  or heard. The players all related to Suart.  He was one of them. What athlete did not want to end up  on ESPN with Scott exhorting: " boo-yah, " , "as cool as the other side of the pillow," to " you ain't gotta go home, but you gotta get the heck out of here, " Scott became a cultural touchstone with his own hip sports lexicon. He was popular with sports fans from Brooklyn to Berlin.

It was no secret that battling cancer is mentally, physically, and emotionally exacting   We knew Stuart Scott was a warrior and he would emerge victorious. The Lord however had another plan for our brother.

The greatest compliment you can say about someone is they made your life better. Stuart Scott made a lot of lives better. Like Kobe, Iverson, or even Namath, Stuart Scott forever changed the landscape. Like all  great ones his impact will endure forever. Stuart Scott was a great broadcaster but most importantly he was a great person. I love you  my brother and may God bless you and welcome you in heaven.


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