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NFL honors Kobe Bryant, crash victims with moment of silence before Super Bowl


TOPSHOT - A tribute to late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven others who died along with them in a helicopter crash is shown on a screen during Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on February 2, 2020. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

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Kobe Bryant’s impact went well beyond the basketball court.

Novak Djokovic paid tribute to Kobe after winning the Australian Open tennis tournament this week. The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team paid tribute to Kobe before beating Costa Rica last week.

That reach included the NFL. On Sunday, before the Super Bowl kicked-off, players Chiefs and the 49ers lined up on their respective the 24-yard lines, and there was a moment of silence in honor of Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and the seven other people who died in a helicopter crash a week ago in Southern California.

The announcement read was:

“The 49ers, Chiefs, and National Football League extend our deepest condolences to the friends and families of those lost this past week. Nine individuals whose lives were caught short in Sunday’s tragic accident, including Gianna and Kobe Bryant.”

The tribute also was for Chris Doleman, a Hall of Fame former NFL defensive end who died last week after a battle with cancer.