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Johnson, a production assistant for ESPN, “and a large part of that was because Stuart Scott was able to connect to the young demographic of viewers. He was truly a trailblazer and someone who transcended sports broadcasting.” Tinsley, Woods and Johnson, all Black men who grew up watching Scott on SportsCenter and now work at ESPN, all spent their adolescent years glued to the television screen whenever Scott worked. That is the type of legacy Scott leaves behind. Beyond his own considerable talents, he allowed young men and women who looked and sounded like him dream to work for the four-letters. Not everyone gets to anchor, but they can tackle their own path with the same initiative Scott approached his. They do not have to apologize for being themselves. Scott never did. “He changed the game,” Tinsley said. “He changed sports. He changed hip hop. He changed life in general. How many people can you really say that about? The world will never see another Stuart Scott.”

“But what makes the highlight delicious—that is, what makes it good TV, as well as good hoops— is less the play itself than Scott’s enjoyment of it.” - Charles Hirshberg on Scott in ESPN25. 24

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