Baker Mayfield posts emotional message in honor of Kobe Bryant

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield took to instagram to leave a touching message about the passing of all-time great Kobe Bryant's passing today.

Baker Mayfield posted a heartfelt message about Kobe Bryant's passing today on his instagram account.

Baker spoke on how Kobe was his idol and how he inspired Baker.

He also linked the post on his twitter account.

Baker spoke on how he was able to hear Kobe speak to the team in 2018 and says that he still remembers the inspirational words that Kobe gave the team that day. Kobe's Mamba mentality is an attitude that all athletes over the past twenty years have envied and strived to achieve. Baker has been vocal about how much he was inspired by Kobe in the past, calling him the greatest competitor of all time back in 2018.

“He’s also, to me, the greatest competitor of all time. He wants to win at anything he does, and he doesn’t care who he offends. He’s doing that because that’s what he wants to do. And he truly loves winning and competing,” Mayfield said. “Those are the things that I took away when he was speaking to us is just truly how competitive he was. He had some stories from when he was on the Team USA basketball team and his career and not wanting to leave and wanting to have his own legacy and wanted to really create something for himself.”

Kobe Bryant was an inspiration to so many, as he not only carried his Mamba mentality on the court, but also off the court. Shortly after the end of his career, Kobe's Mamba mentality helped him win an Oscar for his animated short "Dear Basketball". Only 41, Kobe had so much more of his life ahead of him, as he did everything from his short film to even coaching his daughters AAU team with his special Mamba mentality.

In a horrifying turn of events today, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, have passed away along with three others in a helicopter crash. While the entire country mourns the loss of these individuals, I expect there to be some heartfelt tributes to the all-time great to be given from athletes like Baker Mayfield and some of Kobe's fellow NBA players to take place over the next few days.

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Hopefully the Lakers will build him a statue outside of the Staples center also.