staff, January 4, 2015

Stuart Scott, a longtime SportsCenter anchor, died Sunday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 49.

"ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott," said ESPN president John Skipper.

Scott, who spent 21 years with ESPN, was first diagnosed with cancer in 2007. He announced on Twitter in 2013 that the disease had returned, and he delivered a powerful and emotional speech while accepting the Jimmy V Award at the 2014 ESPYs.

Scott's death pains the BTN family, as several of us had the privilege of working with him at ESPN. BTN host Mike Hall, of course, won the first Dream Job, hosted by Scott, in 2004.

Rich Eisen, who went to Michigan and got his masters from Northwestern, had a beautiful tribute for his old SportsCenter partner Sunday morning. Watch it by clicking link in the tweet below.