Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others.
A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit.
For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller.
"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."
Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant.
After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.
Just met Kobe while training at his facility for the NFL. RIP to a legend. Gone too soon 🐐— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) January 26, 2020
Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon.
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