Stuart Scott Gave One Hell of a Moving Speech at the 2014 ESPY Awards (Video)
The ESPY Awards were only invented to give ESPN something to do on the deadest day on the sports calendar—the Wednesday after the MLB All-Star game—when there’s no baseball, no football, no basketball, no hockey, and the only thing going on in the world of sports is the Tour de France.
However, something amazing happened at the very first ESPYs back in 1993. They presented the late great Jim Valvano with the Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award, and he gave one of the most inspiring speeches in the history of inspiring sports speeches.
Without that speech, the ESPYs wouldn’t have caught on the way they did, there certainly wouldn’t be a Jimmy V Perseverance Award and, last night, that award would not have been presented to ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott.
Scott, of course, has been battling cancer—again, and again—since 2007. And during that time he’s talked openly about the fight while remaining mostly on the job.
For that, ESPN gave him their Jimmy V award. And last night, Scott showed the world that he very much deserved it by making an absolutely fantastic and very moving acceptance speech.
“When you do die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott explained. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. ”
The following video starts with a five-minute piece about Scott’s battle and the presentation of the award. The speech then begins at the 7:28 mark.
Take a look:
Well done, Stuart Scott. Keep fighting.