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The NFL will honor the late Los Angeles Lakers and NBA Legend Kobe Bryant at the 2020 Super Bowl on Sunday (02/02).

The Commissioner of NFL, Roger Goodell, confirmed the news during the pre-game press conference on Wednesday (29/01).

“I don’t think just Los Angeles is mourning the loss of Kobe Bryant. Kobe was a special person. I did have the opportunity to meet him.

He obviously brought a lot to our world and I think all of us not only feel for the tragic events to his family but as well as everyone else who was a passenger on that helicopter. It’s hard to understand and it’s hard to process.

I’m proud of, as the story unfolded unfortunately on Sunday, the way our players, the way our league responded, including a moment of silence during the [Pro Bowl] game, put his picture up and the way the fans responded to that.

We did that again on Monday night when we started here on Monday night (Super Bowl Opening Night). So we as a league have been very responsive and I think respectful of somebody who contributed so much to sports.

We also lost one of our own legends last night, Chris Doleman, who I personally was very fond of and meant a great deal to me and the league. I think both of those individuals will be seen on Sunday in some fashion in a respectful way,” Goodell told reporters.

Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.