While the recent passing of ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott has left many of us weeping, this collection of SportsCenter ads in which he appeared can at least provide some comic relief. In the spots, Mr. Scott does everything from stripping down to his skivvies to sporting a daring new haircut--showing he gave it his all when it came to comedy, too.
Wieden & Kennedy, New York, the agency behind the SportsCenter campaign, remembers the impact Mr. Scott had on the work: "Over the past 20 years, thousands of scripts have been written and presented for This is SportsCenter. It's no surprise that most of them began with, 'Open on Stuart Scott…' We will miss him greatly."
Director David Shane of O Positive, who shot many of the SportsCenter ads featuring Mr. Scott, also noted what an important player Mr. Scott was on set. "He was always such an easygoing, gracious and super funny presence on the set," he said. "The crew loved him. We all did. And I don't think people realize how good an actor he was. If you look at those spots, he's doing such lovely, subtle work in them, and it was completely instinctual. If he hadn't been such a great anchor he could easily have had a career in film. I'm totally convinced of it. He will be sorely missed by all of us."
If the above isn't enough to stop the tears flowing, check out more SportsCenter ads starring Mr. Scott and directed by Mr. Shane here.