As Darius Slay took the field during warm-ups to prepare for his first game with Philadelphia, the Eagles cornerback came onto the field sporting a hoodie that has a special meaning to him.
Slay took the FedExField turf in a black No. 8 Los Angeles Lakers hoodie, honoring the late Kobe Bryant who passed away in January this year.
"Long live the Mamba," Slay said, referring to Bryant's nickname.
Slay, who came over to Philadelphia in a trade this offseason, wears No. 24 for the Eagles, the same number Bryant switched to midway through his career with the Lakers.
Earlier this year, the cornerback explained to NBC Sports Philadelphia that Kobe's legacy was the main reason he switched from his old No. 23 in Detroit to Bryant's No. 24 in Philly.
“I just love how much he competed,” Slay said. “He was a true competitor. He worked on his craft. I believe the work you put in is [what] you get out of it.
“It’s just the part about doing anything and be willing to do anything to be good and be great,” Slay said. “That’s what I took out a lot of stuff that he did and that’s what I’ll continue to keep doing.”