NFL Players mourn the death of Kobe Bryant

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

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.

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.


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.






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.




Respectfully Submitted,

Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

#MambaForever #MambaMentality

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