BOSTON (CBS) — On Monday, the lives of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were memorialized in Los Angeles, evoking strong emotions around the nation and the globe as the sports world continues to mourn the shocking losses. A day later, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shared his strong feelings, putting into words the emotions many have felt since the helicopter crash in late January.
“I have been deeply affected by the passing of Kobe, Gigi and the others in that tragic flight weeks ago,” Brady wrote and shared on his social media pages. “Since then, I’ve witnessed the well deserved outpouring of love and support for the families that had so much left to give, and it’s helped me reflect and gain perspective. I know that love and peace and joy will always endure. And in this tragedy, I have learned so much. Why has this touched me in the way that it did? Why has it kept me up at night, and brought me so many tears?READ MORE: Bloodied Tom Brady Hit With First Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalty Of Career In Bucs-Rams Playoff Game
Brady wrote that Kobe accomplished so much in sports as “the man in the arena,” but that was only the beginning for Kobe.
“For some, these days are the pinnacle in their life, and there’s nothing wrong with that but it’s clear to me, for Kobe, that was how he lived his life in every way,” Brady wrote. “In his second chapter, you saw even more. You saw his excitement for life, and for achieving in areas only he thought possible. He became more of an entrepreneur, media mogul, father, husband and mentor among other roles. And he didn’t stop with himself. Kobe didn’t care whether you were a man or woman, boy or girl, black or white, rich or poor, ordinary or extraordinary, he wanted to help you become the best you could be. His mere presence had an effect on everybody he was around. He had the energy to recognize in others what they could not recognize in themselves.”READ MORE: Boston City Workers Given Additional Week To Show Proof Of COVID Vaccination
Brady went on: “I think that’s why I will miss him most. Because we all know the world needs more of that leadership and positivity. We recognize that he was doing the work that others don’t want or simply can’t do. The world we live in is full of people telling kids and adults ‘you can’t,’ ‘you shouldn’t,’ ‘you won’t,’ or ‘you never will.’ The world we live in is teaching EVERYONE to fear, to worry, to shame or to give up. And that’s the opposite of what Kobe stood for. That’s what made Kobe a real superhero. He spoke about mentality with such conviction, about the idea that if you truly believed in something you could achieve it … you could overcome the obstacles in your path. And not just that, he walked the walk and did the work. He pushed others to find that same confidence. He was the real life superhero our world needs.”
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 25, 2020
Brady concluded by sharing his outlook on how everyone can carry Kobe’s message and actions into the future.MORE NEWS: Police Shooting Reported Outside Burlington Apartment Building
“That’s what we will all miss. That’s why we hurt. Because we know that he was always fighting against the norm. He was doing more than his share,” Brady said. “Now who is going to do the work that is still here to be done? Who is going to fight and break the norms with love and joy and inspiration? Who is going to discard fear, and doubt, and hate? Who is going to carry the load and be the superhero that he was? The answer is simple to me, ALL OF US. Decide to make the change in yourself. If there is anything I have learned and been inspired by through this tragic event, it is this, SEIZE THE DAY. That’s what Kobe always did, and that’s what he wanted for us too.”