Kobe Bryant memorial added to Eagles’ practice facility
Is Kobe Bryant going to take over for Rocky Balboa as the motivational messenger in Philadelphia?
Probably not throughout the city, but in the Eagles’ locker room, the answer is yes.
Today, the Eagles unveiled a Kobe Bryant memorial mural to their practice facility. On the mural it has multiple images of the Black Mamba, including an image of him dunking while in high school at Lower Merion High School, which is located just outside Philadelphia. The image on the other side of the mural is one of Kobe’s head put onto a No. 8 Eagles jersey. In the middle are “Kobe’s 10 Rules.”
1 Get Better Every Single Day
2 Prove Them Wrong
3 Work On Your Weaknesses
4 Execute What You Practiced
5 Learn From Greatness
6 Learn From Wins & Losses
7 Practice Mindfulness
8 Be Ambitious
9 #Believe In Your Team
10 Learn Storytelling
The mural, which was revealed to the world by Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery on Instagram, is a fitting tribute and inspirational message by the Eagles for the late Philly native. While never playing for the 76ers, (in spite of his high school coach’s urging to draft him) Kobe always had an appreciation for Philadelphia, even if the fans didn’t reciprocate. The crowd did give him a standing ovation and chants of “Kobe!” during his final game at Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 1, 2015.
Bryant died in a helicopter crash in January, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, as well as seven others, including college baseball coach John Altobelli. Bryant left behind his wife, Vanessa, along with three other daughters.