Stuart Scott's inspirational cancer speech (2014):
Longtime “SportsCenter” anchor Stuart Scott became a part of the show in 2015 when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Up until then, few knew the extent of Scott’s cancer battle as he never let the struggle show on-air, but the sports broadcaster took the entire room with him on a beautiful, tear-jerking journey. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell and when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you." Scott died in January 2015 at age 49 – but he never lost the fight.
On January 6, 2018, the Raiders hired their former head coach, Jon Gruden, who returned to the Raiders and coaching from ESPN 's Monday Night Football .  Gruden received a 10-year, $100-million contract to return to the Raiders.  Gruden last coached in the NFL in 2008 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and last coached the Raiders in 2001 .  At the press conference announcing the hiring of Gruden on January 9, Gruden announced that Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Greg Olson had been hired as offensive coordinator, though Gruden would call plays, while former Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordintor Paul Guenther was hired as the new defensive coordinator.  Gruden also announced that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia was hired to serve as special teams coordinator.  On January 29, the Raiders named Brian Callahan , son of their former head coach Bill Callahan , as the new quarterbacks coach. 
During the July incident, Smith attacked Christopher Woods when he was out with Smith's sister Rayna, whom Woods had been dating for about 2 years. Smith was alleged to have pounded shots of tequila and gotten violent with Woods after an heated argument with his girlfriend. Smith hit Woods in the head and stomped him unconscious, fracturing Woods' head in 5 different places causing him brain damage . Woods said he suffered from hematomas to the left and right side of his head, and required a metal plate and screws to repair facial fractures .