The outpouring of emotions following Kobe Bryant’s tragic death proves the impact that he made in the world.
Millions of fans grieved on social media and took to the streets to show their support.
And tributes extended beyond the NBA. Stars from all sports dedicated tributes to Bryant, a man who inspired so many.
His passing particularly impacted the city of Philadelphia, where Bryant was born.
Before embarking on a stellar career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant played his high school basketball at Lower Merion, just outside The City of Brotherly Love.
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And he was an avid supporter of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team.
Bryant spoke to the team ahead of their game against the Los Angeles Rams in December 2017, delivering a speech that stunned the Eagles players.
“You could have heard a pin drop,” tight end Zach Ertz said as he recalled the speech to The Athletic. “Everyone was trying to soak up everything.”
Bryant wasn’t in Minnesota to see the Eagles win the Super Bowl in the 2017 season.
But his wife, Vanessa, posted a video of him celebrating the final moments of the game - in which the Eagles’ victory was confirmed - on social media.
Bryant is seen holding his daughter, Bianka, and reacting euphorically as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s last-ditch Hail Mail falls incomplete, sealing the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win in franchise history.
“Oh my God, yes! We won! We won the f***ing Super Bowl!” Bryant screams.
“It’s the best part about sports - the joy it can bring people,” Ertz added about the clip of Bryant.
“That video was awesome.”
The Eagles released a statement following Bryant’s death.
“The Eagles are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna," the statement read.
“He was a champion for the ages, a fearless competitor, and an outstanding ambassador for our city.
“Our hearts go out to all of today's victims and their families."
Eagles legend Brian Dawkins and several current players reacted to the tragic news on social media.News Now - Sport News