By now you have probably heard about the passing of ESPN’s Stuart Scott. You have probably heard inspiring stories on how he fought cancer courageously 3 times. You have probably seen or heard his ESPY Jimmy V award speech replayed. ESPN and it’s affiliated networks has done a wonderful job playing tribute to the man. And I am not trying to be insensitive when I say I am kinda shocked by the reaction. And please don’t stop reading, I have a point I promise. I have been kind of shocked on just how much attention his death has been getting. Now trust me, I loved watching the guy, I was raised on his stuff, and in my opinion he made ESPN what it is today. But still, this much attention? For a sports broadcaster? He is getting more attention than hall of famers who die, great coaches, and other celebrities. So why then such a large reaction? One word IMPACT.
Yesterday as I was making a long drive back to Dallas from New Orleans, I was tuned in to sports radio to catch the NFL Playoff games. I caught some various sports talk shows before the games actually started. And everyone had a story about Stuart Scott. How he impacted their life, a piece of advice he gave them, encouraging words through their own tough time, how he made them laugh, how he was a role model and great example. From his closest friends like Rich Eisen and Scott Van Pelt, to people who only met him once or twice, his impact was so large. Anyone who encountered this man left with something. There are certain people who are contagious, their energy, enthusiasm, positivity, I believe Stuart Scott was that kind of person. So this reaction isn’t for a sports broadcaster, it is for the man Stuart Scott. Who he was, and how he was. So my question to you is how will you be remembered, what kind of impact will you have?
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