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NFL players react to Kobe Bryant’s death

Kobe Bryant

Retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has perished in a helicopter crash with four other individuals, TMZ reported on Sunday afternoon. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed the story as well. NFL players reacted to the stunning news.

The future Hall of Fame shooting guard was just 41 years old. Kobe Bryant was married to Vanessa Laine for nearly nineteen years with four kids, and had just seen current Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James surpass him as the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer on Saturday night.

NFL stars such as 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes, preparing for the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV matchup with the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday, shared reactions to the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing.

The news of Bryant’s death caught everyone off guard, with many initially seeing it as either a hoax or definitively unbelievable before multiple media outlets confirmed the Calabasas, California, helicopter crash.

New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell was among those who could not believe Kobe Bryant died.

Many were left speechless after the reported death of the five-time NBA champion, including New York Giants rusher Saquon Barkley, who could only muster “Not Kobe” on his Twitter feed when the news came out.

Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, tweeted “Rest In Peace, Kobe.”

The former New England Patriots dynamic duo of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were heartbroken by the news.

Kobe Bryant congratulated former on-court adversary turned Laker brethren in LeBron James in his most recent, and last, tweet on Saturday evening.

More details are coming on Bryant’s passing. The reactions from NFL players continue to pour in, with stories of how Kobe Bryant made an indelible impact on their athletic careers and their journeys in sports.

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