Richard Sherman is gearing up for one of the biggest football games of his professional career, but like most athletes, his mind remains partially elsewhere for the time being. Kobe Bryant's death is a week old this Sunday, and it's still a surreal moment for all of us who follow sports and beyond. Sherman showed up for Super Bowl LIV in Miami dressed in an '04 NBA All-Star jersey, with Bryant's name on the back (in this case, his front).
Sherman is a Compton, Calif. native and went to college at Stanford. Like many Cali kids, Bryant was a hero of his, and there's no telling exactly how hard the tragedy of his loss has hit the 49ers CB.
A win on Sunday is the ultimate goal for Sherman, but win or lose, he's paid tribute to a loss that has gone far beyond just sports. Per usual, the 31-year-old is wearing his emotions on his sleeve.
Kobe's reach, especially in professional sports, had no bounds. Sherman's dedication, along with the relentless tributes over the past week, are a reminder of just that.