For most of his 18 years with ESPN, anchor Stuart Scott described special moments in sports with his signature line "as cool as the other side of the pillow."
What Scott did Friday was cooler than the catch phrase he coined.
On the 17th hole of the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, he made a heart-warming offer to a 17-year-old fan.
Scott handed his club to the kid on what is considered Shadow Creek’s most dramatic hole, a par 3 that overlooks a pond and a stunning waterfall.
Here’s the deal, said Scott: hit the ball within 15 feet of hole and I’ll donate $1,500 to your college fund.
The teenager didn’t collect, but he won’t soon forget Scott’s generosity, nor will the handful of fans who witnessed the gesture.
There’s a back story here: put in golf parlance, the popular anchor’s health has been in and out of the rough a lot in the past decade.
Less than four years ago he underwent six months of chemotherapy after surgery for a cancerous appendix.
Five years before that a freak accident at a New York Jets mini-camp, where he was working on a special for ESPN, nearly cost him his vision in one eye.
He was hit in the eye by a football thrown from a football throwing machine. The accident and surgery left him with a lazy eye, a setback that would seriously jeopardize most television careers.
Scott survived it.
But earlier this year, he experienced another setback.
More chemo was necessary for an unspecified cancer, ESPN announced.
After his surgery three years ago, he told HuffingtonPost.com, "One of the coolest things about having cancer, and I know that sounds like an oxymoron, is meeting other people who’ve had to fight it."
THE SCENE AND HEARD
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THE PUNCH LINE
"They found a bullet hole in an airplane after it landed. It sounds like Dick Cheney is hunting again." — David Letterman
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