Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu on Kobe Bryant’s passing
The Kansas City Chiefs are currently gearing up for a Super Bowl matchup against the surging San Francisco 49ers, thanks to the stellar play of defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, who impressed in a big way all season long.
However, instead of focusing on the Chiefs’ looming battle against the aforementioned 49ers, Mathieu is spending Monday evening speaking about the life and legacy of former Los Angeles Lakers legendary shooting guard, Kobe Bryant.
Tyrann Mathieu on Kobe Bryant: “His will to win was nothing I’d ever seen before. I thought I practiced hard but going through YouTube videos and watching Kobe at practice, he was in a complete different element.” pic.twitter.com/Rtfr6asRh2
— L.A. Times Sports (@latimessports) January 28, 2020
Bryant, who infamously spent his entire 20-year NBA playing career as a member of the heralded Lakers, was tragically killed in a helicopter accident in California over the weekend. With Bryant’s sudden and unexpected passing affecting everyone throughout the sports world — NBA-related and otherwise — many well-known athletes across the globe have continued to pay tribute to Bryant over the course of the last 24 hours.
Of course, Bryant is a future Hall of Famer while both his No. 8 and No. 24 have already been retired by the Lakers franchise. With the NBA already showing its support for the Bryant family with tribute after tribute, it remains to be seen as to whether or not the NFL ultimately chooses to honor the Lakers legend before or during the Super Bowl LIV festivities.
Super Bowl LIV is scheduled to take place on Sunday evening in Miami.