A touching tribute to Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi and the seven other victims who died in a chopper crash was paid at the Super Bowl in Florida on Sunday.
Players from the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers lined up for a moment of silence to commemorate all nine victims of last weekend´s helicopter crash.
The teams stood on their respective 24-yard lines - in tribute to Bryant's No. 24 jersey. Some fans at the game wore Lakers jerseys, and a few even had Bryant´s Lower Merion High School jersey.
'Ladies and gentlemen, please join in a moment of silence as the 49ers, Chiefs, and National Football League extend our deepest condolences to the friends and families of those lost this past week. ... They will never be forgotten,' was the message that blared through Hard Rock Stadium.
The teams line up during the tribute to Kobe Bryant and former Minnesota Viking Hall of Fame, Chris Doleman before the match
The teams stood on their respective 24-yard lines - in tribute to Bryant´s No. 24 jersey. Some fans at the game wore Lakers jerseys, and a few even had Bryant´s Lower Merion High School jersey
Kansas City Chiefs' Demarcus Robinson wears cleats honoring Kobe Bryant before the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game
As that announcement was being made, two of the stadium´s four video screens showed an image of Bryant and the names of the other eight victims of the crash.
The other two video screens showed an image of longtime Minnesota Vikings star and Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman, who also died last week.
Sherman also appeared on Fox´s pregame show to read a poem called 'Dear Football' - adapting most of what he said from Bryant´s 'Dear Basketball' poem that he penned as a way of announcing that the 2015-16 season would be his last with the Lakers and in the NBA.
'I played through the sweat and hurt. Not because challenge called me. But because YOU called me,' Sherman read, copying Bryant´s words exactly in that particular passage. 'I did everything for YOU. Because that´s what you do when someone makes you feel as alive as you´ve made me feel.'
During warmups at the Super Bowl, plenty of players wore cleats designed with various tributes to Bryant. San Francisco´s Dante Pettis had