As many of you may have heard, Stuart Scott passed away yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer. You probably remember him as the creative, and poignant anchor for SportsCenter on ESPN. For those of you in my generation (and who enjoy sports), you definitely remember him for some of his most explosive catch phrases such as “BOOYAH!” and “As cool as the other side of the Pillow”.
I grew up watching ESPN. These were the days when Stuart Scott and Rich Eising were as dynamic a duo as any. I enjoyed his flare and charisma on camera because it was refreshing to see someone take on their own version of reporting, in a way that made you feel part of what was going on. He was a master of his craft, loved what he did, and that exuded into the way he managed to report not just sports, but anything that happened to be news worthy at the time. I combed through videos hoping to find some of his greatest moments so that I could share, here. But the first few, in memory of his passing, were what really caught my attention.
The more and more I watched, the same message reiterated: Stuart Scott was relentless in work ethic and dedicated to his Family. A true inspiration to those around him.
One of the greatest things I heard in his 2014 ESPY Award speech was,
“You beat Cancer by how you live, why you live, and by the manner in which you live”.
His daughters, girlfriend, and family being the most important especially through the years of him battling the disease. And then you realize what he truly stood for. Yes, ESPN brought him fame and put him in the public spotlight, but it wasn’t what made him. Those around him shaped his character. And that is a lesson we can all use in our lives.
I think of CrossFit in this instance a little and how much it can consume us at times. It is one of the best uses for optimal health and wellness but we shouldn’t let it build on our character. It is something we do, not who we are. Those around us, the ones we truly care for, should be our reason for what we do inside the gym. They are the ones who motivate us and drive unyielding amounts of support. Working out should be personal, but don’t ever let it dictate who you are as a person. Let it help you build the best version of yourself as possible. If we treat our fitness as such, then it will make all other parts of our lives that much better because we understand what, and who we do it for.
As a fan of yours, Stuart, may you rest in peace. And thank you for your legacy.
Back Squat 10-8-8
Front Squat 5-5-5
Db Push Press (50/40)