Kobe Bryant’s impact went well beyond the basketball court.
That reach included the NFL. On Sunday, before the Super Bowl kicked-off, players Chiefs and the 49ers lined up on their respective the 24-yard lines, and there was a moment of silence in honor of Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and the seven other people who died in a helicopter crash a week ago in Southern California.
Honoring Chris Doleman, Kobe and Gianna Bryant and those who lost their lives in last week's accident.
— NFL (@NFL) February 2, 2020
The announcement read was:
“The 49ers, Chiefs, and National Football League extend our deepest condolences to the friends and families of those lost this past week. Nine individuals whose lives were caught short in Sunday’s tragic accident, including Gianna and Kobe Bryant.”
The tribute also was for Chris Doleman, a Hall of Fame former NFL defensive end who died last week after a battle with cancer.