Gianna Bryant, a keen follower in the steps of her father, too, showed a promising future in basketball. Eight others aboard the craft lost their lives alongside Kobe Bryant and Gianna in the tragic accident. The aftereffects of which will impact the world till the end of times.
Legendary LA Lakers Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant. Source: E! News
Last night's Super Bowl LIV opening night, usually a giant circus with over-exciting crowds, was a little different. The most prominent American football tradition took a few moments to pay tribute to none other than the great Kobe himself. The tribute was moving, saying the least, and also one of the most creative ones.
Right before the game, the names of the victims that perished in the crash alongside Kobe and his daughter's photo was flashed on one of the video boards. The whole stadium almost fell quieter than usual in remembrance of the devastating event that occurred Sunday morning.
The members from both teams, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, also stood at the 24-yard line of the field in honor of the NBL Lakers icon Bryant. The late basketball superstar played under the No. 24 shirt for the final ten years of his professional career.
The 'Black Mamba' retired with a bang after the last game against Utah Jazz in 2016. Lakers were destined for a loss until Bryant cooked up a signature performance for the ages as he dropped 60 points on 50 shots to hand the purple and gold a 101-96 win at a raucous Staples Center.
Even before the match, multiple players arrived at the stadium with their ways to show their appreciation towards the legend. San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman dawned on a Bryant No. 8 jersey under his blazer while arriving at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida, United States. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson wore blue and yellow shoes that showed two on the left leg and four on the right.
Bryant's death was a massive shock and one of the most saddening moments in all of the sports world in this century. Kobe Bryant was a figure who sought to inspire fellow athletes and ordinary citizens around the world. Bryant's 'Life is too short' speech is one of the most iconic symbols of humbleness and sophistication at the same time.