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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers reacts to the death of Kobe Bryant

Aaron Rodgers, Kobe Bryant, Packers, Lakers

The untimely death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, on Sunday did not just affect the scope of basketball. It rocked the entire world at its core. Players and celebrities from all walks have been honoring Bryant via social media, and one of the latest athletes to do so is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who posted a tribute to Bryant on Instagram on Sunday night:

“So many of us have our “Kobe” story; an inspirational moment, play, game, or tale of his work ethic, that inspired us to dig deeper, work harder, train longer, or trust ourselves at a new level in a clutch moment,” Rodgers wrote.” That was that #mambamentality and we are all grateful for your inspiration ❤️ #824.”

Bryant’s legendary work ethic has always been a rampant topic of discussion, right from the time that he entered the NBA as a raw 17-year-old with the Los Angeles Lakers back in 1996.

His talent was obvious from the jump, and the fact that he was paired alongside of Shaquille O’Neal made him that much more lethal.

It didn’t take long for the Lakers to start winning championships after bringing in Bryant, as they won a title in Bryant’s fourth NBA season and proceeded to win three straight championships from 2000 through 2002.

No other team has three-peated since.

Bryant leaves behind an incredible legacy that transcends sports, one that will forever be etched into memory.

Rodgers is just one of many people who were deeply affected by Bryant’s passing. The Packers quarterback is a California native.