Growing up as a devout sports fan, watching ESPN's signature news show, 'Sportscenter' was part of my daily routine.Watching Chris Berman, Charlie Steiner, Bob Ley, Rich Eisen and other sports anchors, was akin to people who idolized Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Tom Browkaw or Peter Jennings for news.

As ESPN evolved, younger sports anchors came on the scene and one in particular always stuck out to me, that sportscaster was Stuart Scott. Scott came on the scene and brought a hip, new style to sports reporting. His classic line "cooler than the other side of the pillow" became a tag line for so many sports fans. Scott was a trailblazer for many of the younger sportscasters who you see on the television today.

Scott has battled cancer bravely and with dignity since 2007 and finally succumbed to the disease at age 49. While he will be missed, Scott left behind a legacy that should be a textbook for any young fan planning on getting into sportscasting.

In July 2014, Stuart Scott was presented with the Jimmy V award at the ESPYS for his battle with cancer. It was one of the more amazing speeches I have seen in sports. In any discussion about Scott's legacy, this speech should be a centerpiece.

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