“Talk about a shocker,” Scott said in 2007 following his diagnosis, according to ESPN.
“But I feel good, am in great hands medically, and the doctors are
confident they got all the bad stuff. I’m not the type of guy to let
this eat up my life. I’ve got strong faith and family and friends who
are tackling this with me. I can’t find the words to express how much I
appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers. I probably won’t be able to
get back to you all; but know it means a ton.”
Over the next eight years, Scott fought his disease in front of the American public. On July 16, 2014, Scott was honored by ESPN’s ESPYs
with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. The award is named after famed
college basketball coach Jim Valvano, who died from cancer in 1993 eight
weeks after giving a speech at the ESPYs.
He also gave a heartfelt speech days after receiving further cancer treatment.
you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott said. “You
beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which
Not only was Scott one of ESPN’s most recognizable personalities, he coined the popular catchphrases “Cool as the other side of the pillow,” “boo-yah!” and “Can I get a witness from the congregation?”
Here’s the full video of Scott’s ESPYs speech.
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