New Eagles cornerback Darius Slay is paying tribute to one of Philadelphia’s greatest athletes.
Slay said Saturday he plans to switch his jersey number to honor the late Kobe Bryant. “My number I’m rocking? I’m going with that 2-4, man. I’m rockin’ with 2-4 this year,” Slay said on an Instagram Live video.
“Kobe mode. Black Mamba, baby. Rest in peace to the GOAT, man. Rest in peace to one of my favorite players.”
Bryant died — along with his daughter Gianna and seven others — in a helicopter crash Jan. 26 in Calabasas, California.
Slay, whose background photo on Twitter has him wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey, recently tweeted his excitement about playing for his favorite athlete’s favorite NFL team. He most recently wore No. 23 with the Lions. Running back Jordan Howard wore No. 24 last season with the Eagles, but he signed with the Miami Dolphins this offseason.
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The Eagles acquired the three-time Pro Bowler from the Detroit Lions on Thursday for a pair of draft picks — and immediately signed him to a three-year, $50 million contract extension, making him the NFL’s highest paid cornerback.
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