By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8
Here at OurTurf Football, we cover the NFL.
But the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant yesterday in a helicopter crash reaches us all. He was only 41 years old.
His work ethic, the #MambaMentality, is something so many athletes try to emulate. And the impact of his life and death is global, it crosses all sports and it affects all kinds of people.
We all send our thoughts and prayers to the families affected by this awful tragedy. It wasn’t just Kobe who was lost, but also his young daughter Gianna, who many of us came to know through the glimpses we saw of them together on social media. Seven other people died in this helicopter crash as well. Kobe may be garnering the headlines due to his place in basketball history, but there are four other families that are not being forgotten.
5 families forever changed.
There are no words that I can provide for comfort but my hope is, may these families find peace of mind and soul.
— 🏈 Raechelle 🏈 (@ReddHeadd_13) January 27, 2020
As the news broke, not only were there NBA games about to begin, but the NFL’s Pro Bowl was starting. News quickly spread among fans and players and the reaction was immediate on the field.
A moment of silence held here at the Pro Bowl to honor Kobe Bryant, followed by chants of “Kobe” pic.twitter.com/AWy62mirtO
— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) January 26, 2020
The NFC defense honored Kobe with his stepback fadeaway pic.twitter.com/WNWT2iTOKU
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) January 26, 2020
— Christopher Reiss (@NFL_ChrisReiss) January 26, 2020
An emotional interview with Drew Brees on the passing of Kobe Bryant.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 26, 2020
Across Social Media, other NFL players were reacting to the news. So many of them were not just stunned and saddened, but deeply affected as they comment on how Kobe influenced their lives, their playing styles.
We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020
Kobe you were my idol… period. Mentality through and through. Thank you. To your family, I wish y’all nothing but the very best. Prayers and thoughts with you don’t begin to describe what we want for y’all. Love and respect to #8 & #24 forever. #MambaMentality #Mamba
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 26, 2020
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) January 27, 2020
My prayer is that we live and love in a way that when we move from this side to the next, someone wakes up and thinks of us, and that momentum of goodness that we bring to our professions would inspire others as Kobe has. #MambaMentality
— Josh McCown (@JoshMcCown12) January 27, 2020
Every time I drove into work I would look to see if you were there. Just seeing your car made me want to go to work! The inspiration and fire you gave when you spoke to the team will always be remembered in my heart. Forever #mambamentality 💛💜 pic.twitter.com/RELtVYTrp3
— Keenan Allen (@Keenan13Allen) January 27, 2020
For me, I was never a huge Kobe fan. I’m from Cleveland so naturally I was all-in on LeBron James. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate and respect what he did in the NBA. It doesn’t mean that I don’t see how he was having an impact in the world after his retirement. It doesn’t mean I don’t see him as a person, flaws and all, who was perhaps heading into the best part of his life. Kobe Bryant was someone who transcended basketball and, frankly, I believe the world is a sadder place for not being able to see what he would do next.
Kobe describing #MambaMentality: “To be on a constant quest to try to be the best version of yourself. That’s what the mentality is. It’s not a finite thing. It’s a constant quest to try to be better today than you were yesterday and better tomorrow than you were the day before.”
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 27, 2020
— Sonja Greenfield (@Mom23RN) January 26, 2020
Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8