The sports world is mourning the heartbreaking loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash Sunday.
As the news broke, several of the NFL’s best players were in Orlando playing in the 2020 Pro Bowl. Three of those players are former Kentucky Wildcats, including Za’Darius Smith.
After recording a sack, Smith gathered some of his NFC teammates to honor Bryant with a basketball celebration.
See the touching tribute below.
Za'Darius Smith just gathered up his teammates to put on a post-sack Kobe tribute pic.twitter.com/80p4ZjrfI1
— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) January 26, 2020
In a sideline interview shortly after the sack, Smith told ESPN, “It was a tribute to Kobe and his family … this is what we’re gonna do ‘2 steps, then a fadeaway’ for him. For everyone to participate as a team, I just hope that touched a lot of people in a special way.”
Bryant was 41.