“The courage and the strength ran deep in this man,” he said on his show, “Olbermann,” on Monday. “It always had and, in memory, it always will.”
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Olbermann shared multiple anecdotes from his time working alongside Scott in an almost seven minute video tribute, which also included the late “SportsCenter” host’s first onscreen moments with the network in 1993.
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Scott died Sunday at 49 after a long bout with cancer.
“You knew that he was a fighter, you knew that he was somebody who was going to fight until the bitter end, and you knew he had the ultimate source of inspiration in his two beautiful daughters,” said Smith of the longtime “SportsCenter” anchor.
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Smith shared one of the highlights of his career — working with Scott at the NBA Finals.
After joining ESPN
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In the homage, narrated by co-worker and cancer survivor Robin Roberts, Scott’s colleagues spoke glowingly about their friend. Espn personalities Scott Van Pelt, Sage Steele, Steve Levy, John Harris, Dan Patrick and others joined president John Skipper in praising Scott and expressing his contributions to sports broadcasting.
“He didn’t push the envelope — he bulldozed the envelope,
Scott, who joined the sports giant in 1993 for the launch of ESPN2, was diagnosed with cancer in November 2007 and dealt with recurring bouts of the disease.
In addition to hosting “SportsCenter,” Scott covered numerous events and specials over his 21-year career with Espn and ABC Sports. His most famous catchphrases — “Booyah!” and “As cool as the other side of the pillow” — have become part of pop culture; Scott was even parodied on “Saturday Night Live.”
“Espn and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” Espn president John Skipper said in a statement. “Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set?
Also scheduled to attend and walk the “green carpet” are acclaimed athletes Barry Sanders, Dave Winfield, Steve Garvey, Rollie Fingers, David Wells, Don Newcombe, Clyde Wright, Barry Sanders, Ken Landreaux, Kenny Lofton and Eric Davis, among others.
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Olbermann’s first tour of duty at Espn was
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