Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott
Stuart Scott

Scott in 2010.
Born July 19, 1965 (1965-07-19) (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Occupation Sportscaster
Stuart Scott at ESPN

Stuart Scott (born July 19, 1965, in Chicago, Illinois) is a sportscaster and anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter.


Early life and career

Scott attended Richard J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and went to college at the University of North Carolina. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Scott was part of the on-air talent at the student-run radio station WXYC. He graduated from UNC in 1987 with a bachelor of arts in speech communication. Following graduation, Scott worked as a reporter at WPDE-TV in Florence, South Carolina, from 1988–1990 and at WRAL-TV 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 1990–1993. He also worked at WESH, an NBC affiliate in Orlando, Florida, from 1993–1995.


Scott joined ESPN2 at the network's launch in 1993 as the host of SportsNight.[1] He currently works for the ESPN family of networks as an anchor for SportsCenter episodes as well as National Football League and National Basketball Association programming. Scott also appears in each issue of ESPN the Magazine, with his 'Holla' column. In his work at ESPN he has interviewed top professional athletes such as Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan as well as two American Presidents, then-Senator Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.[1]


At SportsCenter Scott was frequently teamed with fellow anchor Rich Eisen. He became well known for his use of unique catch phrases, following in the SportsCenter tradition begun by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann, such as "holla at a playa when you see him in the street!", "he's as cool as the other side of the pillow", "call him butter, he's on a roll" and "Boo Yah!".[2] He was parodied on Saturday Night Live by Tim Meadows and Finesse Mitchell.

Past television shows

Besides SportsCenter, Scott has been the host of a number of television shows. His NFL work includes NFL Matchup, NFL Live, NFL PrimeTime, and NFL Countdown, while his NBA work includes hosting the NBA Finals and NBA Fastbreak. He also has hosted a number of ESPN game shows, including Stump the Schwab and Dream Job, and hosted David Blaine's Drowned Alive special.[1]

Personal life

Scott lives with his two daughters in Avon, Connecticut.

Eye Incident

Stuart was injured on April 3, 2002[3] in New York Jets mini-camp when he was doing a special for ESPN. Towards the end of a day at camp, Stuart was hit in the eye by a football thrown from a football throwing machine. He underwent surgery that night and was out of work for a few months, and has a ptosis, or drooping eyelid, because of this accident.


Scott had an emergency appendectomy in Pittsburgh after becoming ill while covering the Pittsburgh SteelersMiami Dolphins Monday Night Football game on November 26, 2007. The surgery also discovered a malignancy that required an additional surgery to remove possibly cancerous tissue. He returned a month later and continued on-air broadcasting during recommended preventive chemotherapy. ESPN President George Bodenheimer said "Stuart is approaching this fight with the same passion and energy we see on air... He knows he has our full support and we look forward to the day where this is all behind him. ."[4]


After the first round of cancer that was found as a result of his appendectomy, he once again was affected by cancer in 2011. The nature and prognosis of his cancer are not publicly known.




External links

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